Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 F1 Car Launch: Can Scuderia Toro Rosso move up the Grid?

Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat takes to the track at Jerez. (Image source:

Known as the proverbial "Red Headed  Step-sister;" Err Red Bull's 'lil 'Seester, Scuderia Toro Rosso has failed to flatter lately, albeit "Deeter Majestik" (Dietrich Mateschitz) did give the nod to Helmet Marco to call-up Daniel Ricciardo - much to team-mate Vergne's disgust, from the Faenza-based team as Mark 'Handlebarz Webber's replacement this year, whilst Ricciardo's seat was filled by a virtual unknown: 19yr old Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat, an interesting choice since most F1 Pundits felt that surely the seat would go to Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa instead, who Red Bull have thrown a lifeline by signing him as their "Simulator Jockey;" Err Test/Reserve Driver alongside  Sebastian Buemi for 2014...

Yet one could say that Kvyat's hiring is somewhat predicated upon the forthcoming Russian Grand Prix in Sochi this October and hence 'Ol Deeter seeks to capitalize upon cracking the once mighty Soviet Union marketplace with his Energy Drinks, eh?

View of Toro Rosso's STR09's "Proboscis" front nose treatment. (Image source:
Biggest change for 2014 - along with its provocative front nose is Toro Rosso's switchover to becoming an Renault customer this season, giving the Red Bull teams some synergies since they'll both be running the same power units, as I fondly recall Austin Bureau Chief 'Claudio denoting the two Red Bull  cars at last year's USGP as the Big Bulls and the 'lil Bulls; Hya!

As team leader Jean-Eric Vergne, now in his third Formula 1 season will be expected to push the 'lil Bulls farther up the grid, whilst rookie teammate Kvyat,who was runner-up in the 2012 European Renault 2.0 series and is the reigning GP3 champion, which I believe makes him the first driver to jump directly from GP3 into Formula 1. As the Rooskie' teenager is known to be fast and thus, will be hoping to show off his pace during his debutant F1 season, especially in his Homeland...

Team: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Chassis: STR09
Engine: Renault

(Car#/Name: R denotes rookie)
25) Jean-Eric Vergne
26) R- Daniil Kvyat