Scuderia Toro Rosso and Williams have announced that they will unveil their 2012 challengers on February 6 and 7, respectively.
Toro Rosso’s launch of its STR7 – set for the same date as the ‘reveals’ for Red Bull Racing’s RB8 and Sauber’s C31 challengers – will occur on the eve of the first pre-season test session at Jerez, while Williams will take the wraps off its FW34 on the morning of the first day’s running at the Spanish circuit.
The Faenza squad will take the covers off its Ferrari-powered car in the Jerez pit lane, which will confirm its livery scheme and any new sponsors it has secured. It is understood that – despite the team dumping Jaime Alguersuari from its line-up – the team has retained sponsorship from Spanish oil company Cepsa.
Williams’ launch of the FW34 will come as a pit-lane photo call just before pre-season running gets underway.
The FW34 will be crucial for the success of the team off the back of its worst-ever season as a constructor, where the team finished ninth in the 2011 Constructors’ Championship standings, earning a paltry five points.
The FW34 is the first car to be designed by the team’s revamped technical line-up, headed by new technical director Mike Coughlan, and it also sees the Grove squad reunite with Renault, with whom it claimed five Constructors’ Championship crowns and four Drivers’ Championship titles.
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[Article by Geoff Burke; images via Formula1Onlive and Motorsport.com]