Toro Rosso has also unveiled its 2010 campaigner in the TR5, which is also the first sole design and construction by the Faenza team since it took over Minardi at the end of the 2005 season.
Previous to this, the Red Bull B-team had a chassis design-sharing arrangement with its senior Red Bull team via an arrangement with a ‘parent’ design group, Red Bull Technology.
Drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari posed for the press on a chilly Valencia morning and unveiled the Ferrari-powered car.
The TR5 is perhaps a little unadventurous in its design and appears to be visually more of an evolution of the STR4, which shared its design traits with the race-winning Red Bull RB5 that took Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to several race victories between them. That being said, the front wing and nose appears wider and and more pronounced in its curvature, with a very pronounced channel running up the nose.
Despite our initial hypothesis, the livery of the car has changed little since last season.
When one considers that this under-resourced team has had to expand its operation by over 80 staff to enable it to design and construct an entire chassis under its own power, simply doing so is an incredible achievement in itself.
Team Principal Franz Tost is targeting a top-eight result in this year’s Constructors’ Championship.