Toro Rosso claim STR12's similarities to Mercedes are 'a coincidence'
00:43, Feb 28, 2017
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2017 will also see Toro Rosso return to the latest Renault power after struggling in a 2015-spec Ferrari engine last season.
All 10 of this year's Formula One cars have now been revealed after Toro Rosso launched its new STR12 at the Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona.
"Everything felt good and I'd say we've made a big step forward compared to previous year in terms of downforce and grip - I felt it straight away during the first laps of the morning and it put a smile on my face".
"I am convinced that our new auto works well, we have with Renault a fantastic engine partner, we have two experienced drivers for the first time in the history of Toro Rosso.I am convinced we will have a good season", said Tost.
"Daniil Kvyat will be in his fourth year as a Formula One driver and Carlos Sainz will now tackle his third season with us".
'There are still negotiations going on, ' Tost said when asked about the engine situation.
The car's front end looks similar to the one presented by champions Mercedes at Silverstone on Thursday but Toro Rosso's highly regarded technical director James Key said that was just a happy coincidence. "They've got our front suspension", he told reporters. Because I looked at the Mercedes and thought 'Oh, OK, they've got our front suspension!'
"The main priorities today were to get miles on the auto and to do the basics right, so we did some aero work in the morning and after that we went through a long list of basic checks on our new vehicle, considering there are so many things to learn".
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"Now I hope that our Renault engine is as good as the Mercedes", he added. But let's see. There's many different concepts out there, actually.
"I end the day with a positive feeling after my first outing at the wheel of the STR12", admitted Sainz.
Raising the front suspension mounting points offers less disruption to the airflow under the vehicle and towards the downforce-generating floor, but Key said the front suspension design also allows a greater degree of adaptability in terms of suspension geometry.
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