Toro Rosso launches STR8 at Jerez
4 February 2013 – Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo pulled the covers off the STR8 at Jerez on Monday afternoon. The Italian outfit's latest car, the design of which has been overseen by James Key, no longer features a stepped nose.
Presented to the gathered media in the Jerez pit lane at 5.30pm local time (GMT +1), the STR8 chassis has retained the heavily undercut sidepods that were featured on both the STR7 and STR6 designs, while a McLaren-style exhaust has been adopted.
Vergne and Ricciardo are preparing to enter a second season as team-mates in 2013, with the latter being assigned the first two days of testing at Jerez this week. It has also been confirmed that the pair will run with numbers 18 and 19 respectively.
Marussia and Caterham will launch their 2013 challengers tomorrow morning, shortly before the opening pre-season test of the year begins. Williams is the only team to bring its 2012 car to the gathering, with the FW35 set to be presented on 19 February.