In 2015 Scuderia Toro Rosso will mark ten years in the sport. They launched their new car – the STR10 – in the Jerez pit-lane prior to the first pre-season test commencing tomorrow.
The team will run an all new rookie line-up this season with Max Verstappen being joined by Carlos Sainz Jr. They took the covers off the car, becoming one of the only teams to physically unveil their machines this season. Most other teams have favoured online launches with studio shots of their car being uploaded.
“The launch of the new STR10 car today here in Jerez marks the start of a new and hopefully thrilling F1 season,” Team Principal Franz Tost said. “We are delighted that that CEPSA has hosted us again and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them, as well as our other long-term partners Red Bull, Nova Chemicals and Sapinda, for their continuous collaboration over the years. I am especially pleased that they are with us again this season as Scuderia Toro Rosso marks a decade in Formula 1. I’m also happy to welcome our new sponsor Estrella Galicia 0,0, who has just joined us today.”
“The 2015 season is a new challenge for all of us,” he continued. “We’ve put a lot of work into the STR10 and we are convinced that we will have a successful year. Our objective is to finish fifth in the constructors championship and we are ready to do our best to achieve it. Our engine partner Renault has also worked very hard to come up with new modifications and I’m sure that our joint effort will give us a package which will certainly be very competitive. All in all, we have a much stronger team as well as a very competitive STR10 and fast drivers; it’s a great combination.”
This is not the first time Toro Rosso have used an all rookie line-up as the team strive to bring young drivers through the ranks to Formula One and in particular to a seat at Red Bull Racing. “I am very happy to be making my first official appearance as a Formula 1 driver here in Spain,” Carlos Sainz Jr said. “I am looking forward to trying the car for the first time tomorrow. I have worked very hard over the winter on my personal fitness, as well as spending time in Faenza to familiarise myself with the team, having also done some days in the simulator. Now we have just 12 days to prepare for Melbourne, so going through all the race weekend procedures will be a priority for me, as well as putting in as many miles as possible behind the wheel.”
His team-mate Max Verstappen is also looking forward to getting started. “I can’t wait for the season to start and tomorrow will seem like a very long day watching Carlos in the car!” he said. “With two days in the 2014 car at the Abu Dhabi test and the Friday mornings I did last season, combined with time spent in the simulator, I feel well prepared and I’m really up for this challenge, which is very exciting. Six days on track here in Spain and then it will be time to head for Australia and my first Grand Prix, something I have been looking forward to ever since I started karting.”