Toro Rosso have become the final team to unveil their 2017 car – the STR12.
The STR12’s blue, red and silver livery is a departure from what we have become used to with the team over their decade in the sport. Toro Rosso take engines from Renault this year for the first time since 2015. The nose of the car resembles that of Mercedes’ W08.
The team maintain the same line-up as last year with Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat was, of course, moved back to the Toro Rosso when Red Bull chose to promote Max Verstappen after the 2016 Russian Grand Prix.
The battle between the midfield runners is expected to be very tight this year, so it will be interesting to see how the Italian team adapt to the Renault engine. Could they be a surprise package this season?
What do you think to the STR12? Where do you think they will finish in the mid-field battle this year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.