Scuderia Toro Rosso became the penultimate team to showcase its 2018 Formula 1 World Championship challenger, the STR13, ahead of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
The car, designed under the leadership of technical director James Key, is the first in the team’s history produced by the team in a true ‘works’ engine partnership. The car will be piloted by Honda’s V6 turbo-hybrid power unit on an exclusive basis, with Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly serving as drivers in their first full seasons of Formula 1 competition.
Team principal Franz Tost has claimed the team would finish fifth in each of the preceding cars’ launches between 2016 and 2017, and on both occasions the team has managed seventh place. This time the Austrian was making no specific predictions, aside from trumpeting the strength of the team’s new partnership with Honda and its young driving line-up.
“I am really looking forward to begin this new season and enter a new era for our team, working together with Honda,” he said.
“It’s an exciting time for Toro Rosso because we have not had our own engine supplier before, so to partner with a manufacturer, with the history Honda has, will be great.
“We also have two accomplished rookies for the 2018 season. They are not completely new because both Pierre and Brendon drove a handful of races for us last year, but this will be their first full season in Formula 1.
“I’m convinced that if we provide them with a competitive car, they will be able to perform at very high levels. We have been working very hard on the STR13, and I’m happy we do not have to wait too long to see it running.”
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