Toro Rosso team-mates Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were given the honour of pulling off the covers of the Faenza team’s new challenger, the STR8, at the Jerez circuit on Monday afternoon.
Proving that the two Red Bull stables have any mutual involvement on the designs of their cars, the Ferrari-powered STR8 does not feature the unsightly ‘stepped nose’ design, unlike its RB9 counterpart.
With the design of the car having been overseen by recently appointed technical director James Key and chief designer Luca Furbatto, the STR8 carries over several of the characteristics from its predecessors, including its heavily undercut sidepods suspended above a twin-floor.
The car has also taken its design influences from rivals cars, with one feature being its McLaren-style exhausts.
Force India aside, Toro Rosso was the only other established Grand Prix team to fail to claim a podium finish in 2012, finishing lowest of the point-scoring teams in the Constructors’ Championship standings in what was a very underwhelming year for the team.
This year, however, promises to be different, the team figureheads claim. Team Principal Franz Tost argued that the time had come for the team to start competing with the upper-midfield runners, setting a goal of sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings.