Toro Rosso shifting focus to 2012 car
30 June 2011 – Scuderia Toro Rosso is currently exceeding personal expectations, with points positions in the last three races having risen the squad formerly known as Minardi to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship. However, the Italian outfit will soon be switching all attention to its 2012 chassis, the STR7.
“We have already played our two major hands in terms of car development while I think the English teams will produce a mighty effort for this race,” says Toro Rosso Technical Director Giorgio Ascanelli.
“And when a man with a pistol meets a man with a rifle, the man with the pistol is a dead man! So we need to be very clever to get the most out of our package.”
Ascanelli, who developed a clever twin floor idea for his car this year, went on to admit that focus will soon turn to 2012:
“We are approaching that time of year when we must start looking to the new car for 2012. However, there are further developments in the pipeline for the STR6; there will be some very small things at Silverstone and some of the following races. Apart from that, the Italian Grand Prix will see changes to the car simply because Monza is such a unique circuit that we need to dedicate some attention to it. After that, our focus really has to shift to STR7 or we will not have a car for next year.”
Reverting to 2011, he admits that Toro Rosso are ahead of their objective, which is to finish eighth overall for Constructors’ honours.
“Currently, we are slightly ahead of our target in terms of our position in the championship,” he said. “Whether we stay there depends on how well we work and it also depends a bit on luck, how our closest rivals perform and how much of their resources they can continue to devote to their 2011 cars.”
Also on Thursday:
Buemi carried large piece of debris in Valencia
HRT switching development to 2012 car