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The STR5 is launched and tested

February 1, 2010
STR Ferrari going it alone

STR Ferrari going it alone

Toro Rosso has unveiled their 2010 car. It’s their first attempt at building their own chassis which could prove to be a tough task, particularly with the rule changes.

It’s pretty much along the same lines of the 2009 car, which isn’t surprising given the they had RBR’s and Newey’s help with last year’s car. The biggest change actually appears to be the livery but that isn’t exactly radical; there just seems to be a covering of red around the nose.

The Red Bull had the best handle on the new aero rules so Toro Rosso can take comfort and knowledge from the partnership the year before with the Milton Keynes based squad.

To cope with their new independence Toro Rosso have expanded their workforce but the day’s testing got off to a shaky start due to a gearbox issue which kept them busy off-track for over an hour.

Buemi eventually slapped out a time of 1:14.762 seconds after only 18 laps. It was just over two seconds off Massa’s time who was the quickest man out there.

The problem with testing is that nothing is for certain. We can never know what fuel load is being used; it is the first day so set ups will be all over the place – STR use two fairly inexperienced drivers so set up may take slightly longer than some other teams – and the track will eventually become quicker as more rubber is put down. Therefore, there are a lot of influencing factors on pace so fans should try not to read too much into the times.

Toro Rosso is unlikely to have a stunning year like 2008, this year needs to show them standing on their own feet and beginning to move forward rather than falling. Buemi can surely keep the team together on track while Jaime gets up to speed but Toro Rosso has to take charge behind the scenes.

An ironic point is that after all the controversy surrounding Jaime’s appointment to F1 without testing, this has actually been his first F1 test despite debuting over half a year ago.

To keep up-to-date with Toro Rosso news a recommended site is Forza Toro Rosso.

Here are some pictures from Toro Rosso’s time in Valencia (click to expand):

Images (C) Red Bull/Getty
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2010 7:42 pm

    Great post Steph. Toro Rosso looks stunning :)
    If you want some more STR pics for the blog, feel free to take them from here: http://www.anf1blog.com/2010/02/01/toro-rosso-str5-debuts-gallery/. Just make sure you add ‘Images (C) Red Bull/Getty’ at the end of the post :)

  2. February 1, 2010 7:47 pm

    The Toro rosso is beautiful. Still, not as beautiful as the 2007 car. Which I rate as one of my fav liveries.

  3. Hayley permalink
    February 1, 2010 9:16 pm

    Excellent blog! So glad to see the teams testing today – not long now for Bahrain!! Can’t wait!

    Hopefully Seb and Jaime will do well this season in the STR5 :)

    @f1chica

  4. February 1, 2010 9:17 pm

    Awesome, absolutely awesome. Love the new car it looks stunning. So pleased with what they did with it!!

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