The new Toro Rosso STR12 just set itself apart from the Red Bull RB13 to avoid any confusion. The STR12 debuted in Spain ahead of the F1 pre-season testing with an array of adjustments and of course, a new look.
The livery was so inspiring that over 20% of fans favoured it after the Mercedes W08 which received 21% from the total pool of votes. McLaren’s MCL32 followed by 18% votes and Force India’s VJM10 scrapped the bottom of the vote pool with just 2% of overall votes.
Most notable difference on the Toro Rosso STR12 is the new livery that finally removes any confusion between the Red Bull Racing F1 car and the Red Bull sponsored Toro Rosso with a bright shade of Blue and beautiful silver Bull stickers accompanied with bright red accents.
The new STR12 features an array of downforce enhancing components such as the new prominent shark fin, revised front and rear wings and huge tires.
Besides that, Toro Rosso announced they would use Renault’s engine after their recent switch from Renault to Ferrari in the 2016 season. The new 2017 season regulations gave teams so much play with the F1 cars and according to Toro Rosso technical director James Key; “In my 20 years in F1 it’s the biggest chassis change I can remember. In ’98 the narrow track had just arrived and there were various tweaks up to 2009, when a larger change occurred, but other than the front wing it was still based around principles that we knew. These rules however, include a track change, significantly different tyres and a new aero regulation as well. From a chassis point of view it’s all encompassing with a lot of new things to learn.”