Toro RossoHistory of Toro Rosso, in contrast to the oldest member of Formula 1 team Ferrari, not full of victories and spectacular events. In the four years since the date of creation, the only victory and pole position brought Toro Rosso only young racer Sebastian Vettel. Toro Rosso «rose" from the team Minardi, which in 2005 was acquired by Red Bull. Trying to put an end to rumors and gossip ambiguous, Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull boss is trying to convince the public okologonochnuyu that the team is sold only as a testing ground for inexperienced riders. Toro Rosso's debut was pretty confident. Riders Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed made the impossible seem easy, and toyed with his rivals - such as Formula 1 newcomers. Still, such a brilliant debut can not be named. His spectacled by Toro Rosso was able to open only in the tenth stage of the Grand Prix of the USA, and Liuzzi for the 2006 season has managed to earn just one point. In 2007, the success of Toro Rosso become more visible. Sebastian Vettel in the Japanese Grand Prix came in third place, but the lack of experience did not allow him to remain in this position. The next race in China have been better. Vettel has come to finish fourth. This undoubted success has allowed Toro Rosso to take in the Constructors' Championship in seventh place, ahead of team Honda and Spyker. 2008 until the most successful in the history of Toro Rosso. After the failures at the beginning of the season, the team began to gain momentum. Sebastian Vettel managed to take pole position at the Italian Grand Prix and bring the team first and, alas, so far only victory. Throughout the season, Toro Rosso drivers Vettel and Bourdais continued to gain points. 39 points, more than ever the team allowed Toro Rosso to go up to sixth place in the Constructors' Championship. Toro Rosso next recession experienced in 2009. Having taken part in 17 competitions, the team was able to get over the whole season, only 8 points and as a result of only 10th place. What will be the season for Toro Rosso in 2010, it is difficult to say. Perhaps the Sebastien Buemi pilots and Jaime Alguersuari will make the team if not the leader, then a worthy opponent for the elders of Formula 1.
New Toro Rosso STR13 engine Honda will be officially presented only on February 26. However, the Italian team decided to conduct a running-in of new items in Misano with Pierre went Out, and spy photos immediately appeared on the network.Noteworthy, is completely redesigned compared STR12 aerodynamics. But the coloring is reminiscent of last year.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko does not exclude that in 2019, his team will switch to Honda powerplant.This year, with Japanese mechanics working as a Junior team Toro Rosso. From the results of this work depends on the decision by Red Bull to be adopted in mid-summer.Helmut Marko "so far we are very surprised by the capabilities of the Honda, as well as their devotion and enthusiasm.I think they realized their mistakes. So far, based on the test stands, the engine is reliable. I think by mid season the engine will be able to reach the level of Renault.The rules have changed, so you need to declare what engine you want to use next year this summer. We will carefully analyze and then make a decision. Maybe in 2019 we'll use the Honda".
Team Toro Rosso told about the reasons which allowed her before the other teams begin to test the machine during the shooting days. Shooting day will be held during the four days of the start of the official winter tests.James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "We managed to pass all the FIA tests the first time. This significantly accelerated the development and Assembly of the machine in all areas. During the shooting day we'll check all the machine system, which will also help us before start of work in Barcelona".
His best season in Formula 1 Daniil Kvyat held in 2015. Then the Russians were on the car of Red Bull with the number "26".Kvyat made his debut in the championship in 2014 in the Toro Rosso. His progress during the season so impressed the leadership of the Red Bull that Sebastian Vettel went to Ferrari, in his place was invited Daniel.The start of the 2015 season turned out to be difficult for Red Bull because of the constant failures of the engine Renault. For example, in Australia, Daniel never even made it to the starting grid. Reliability gradually came to normal, and began to appear the results. In Monaco Kvyat started fifth and finished fourth. Then there was sixth place in the UK. Finally, in Hungary, Quat climbed to the second step of the podium - the best result for the citizens of Russia.
The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hopes that the pre-season tests for his team will be successful, despite the fact that the new supplier of the power plant was Honda.Pierre went Out "Since the beginning of February I will be working on the base in Faenza. We already had fit a car seat in 2018, but before the tests in Barcelona we are waiting for a lot of work.The tests will be very intense, because we have a new engine supplier. It will be important to drive as more kilometres to understand the car and the engine. Before the race in Australia we only have eight days, and it's not so much.To be honest, since December, I think about the tests. Looking forward to when the real work starts".In the past the team McLaren, who previously worked with Honda, regularly had problems with the engine during the tests.
The team Toro Rosso will present a new car STR13 25 February in Barcelona. However, the first tests of a novelty will take place on February 21 in Misano.Work at the circuit in Misano will be held in the framework of the shooting day, during which you are allowed to drive no more than 100 kilometers on the demonstration tyres Pirelli.Recall that this year Toro Rosso will work with power plants to Honda.
Daniil Kvyat temporarily suspended from participation in Formula 1, but now we have Sergey Sirotkin, who signed a contract with Williams. It's time to remember who the Russians managed to at least touch the Formula 1.Sergei Zlobin the middle of 2002, the company Gazprom has suddenly become the sponsor of the weak Minardi team now Toro Rosso. The load in the role of test driver has appeared 32-the summer Sergey Zlobin, frankly, did not Shine in other racing series. In the autumn of the same year, Zlobin spent four of the test session in Fiorano, Mugello and Valencia, squeezer on last year's Minardi PS01 car a total of 400 kilometers.In mid-2003, Gazprom also suddenly refused to cooperate with Minardi, but he remained in the team, although behind the wheel never sat down.
In recent times criticized the system for Halo, because it will seriously ruin the look of Formula 1 cars. Technical Director Toro Rosso James Key believes that everyone will quickly get used to the new product.James Key "we'll See what will happen with Halo. If you put the aerodynamic elements, the car will look good.I'm sure everyone will quickly get used to Halo and focus directly on race".
As informs German edition Auto Motor und Sport, Renault team will present its new car on February 20.Previously, only four teams have announced the dates of presentation 22 February - Mercedes and Ferrari, 23 Feb., 25 Feb - Toro Rosso.Pre-season test starts in Barcelona on February 25.
In Toro Rosso expect to avoid some of the mistakes made during the ill-fated partnership of McLaren-Honda. The head of the Italian team Franz Toast said that his staff acquainted with the Japanese culture of communication.Franz Toast "For a better understanding of Japanese culture our staff attend interesting seminars.We all know that Japan has its own culture, and it's one of the really challenging task is to synchronize it with our own culture. If we were not sure that this can be achieved, we would never have gone to this agreement.The number of employees is a sound basis for a successful future. Therefore, the additional jobs will help us to move forward. A realistic goal for us for the season is a place in the centre of the peloton.Actually, I don't expect big changes. I still think that Mercedes will be unbeatable, but of course I hope that Red Bull and Ferrari will interpose in this fight for the title. And to be honest, I hope more on Red Bull than a Ferrari".
A former test pilot of the Minardi Sergey Zlobin told that Daniil Kvyat was able to arrange his career after a disappointing season in the Toro Rosso.Sergey Zlobin "In fact, Kvyat got a good paying job. Yes, it will be less to show on TV, but he will become a member of this elite team, and if one of the pilots Ferrari have a problem, he will get the chance to race.I would say that half of the paddock dreaming of this kind of work".
Late January - team one after another called the launch date. And that's and Mercedes hastened to report.New car W09 will be presented on 22 February during an online presentation.Earlier the launch date was announced at Ferrari February 22, McLaren 23 February and Toro Rosso 25 February.
Two key specialist left the team Toro Rosso before the start of the new season.The biggest loss is the chief aerodynamicist Brendan Gillham. He worked for Toro Rosso since 2013, and before that couple of years spent in the Mercedes. The reason the engineer is not called, and it is unknown who will replace him.In addition, the team leaves Marco Matassa, who worked as a race engineer Carlos Sainz and Pierre went Out. The Italian goes to Ferrari, where they will conduct training young pilots.
The team Toro Rosso will present a new car on February 25 in Barcelona, the day before the start of pre-season testing.The novelty will receive index STR13. For the first time in the history of Toro Rosso will work with the exclusive engine supplier - Honda.Earlier, Toro Rosso announced that the new machine has successfully passed all crash tests of the FIA.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team has several options with respect to the engine supplier in 2019.Christian Horner "we Have options with the engine for the season 2019. Before we never had a choice. We have time to evaluate the options and make a decision.If we talk about the Toro Rosso collaboration with Honda, this is a great option. We will monitor the progress of the team and the Japanese minders".Obviously, the options mentioned by Horner, is Renault and Honda.
Indonesian pilot Sean Gelael confirmed that in the season of 2018 he will continue to work in the Toro Rosso.Career 21-year-old pilot supports the Indonesian unit of KFC. Last season Sean occasionally took part in Friday practice, while showed quite average results.Sean Hell "Working with Toro Rosso has completely changed my life. This year, I'll be back to work with them. Our goal is to continue what we started during the tests in Abu Dhabi.I also hope that the season in Formula 2 will be successful for me, and I will be able to earn points for obtaining Superlicense. I also have the chance to take part in several Friday practice".
The Ferrari team has announced the signing of a contract test-pilot with Daniel Cuatom, who previously played for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.The main objective of quata - work in the simulator. Perhaps the Russians will participate in the tests. In addition, Daniel will be travelling to every Grand Prix as a reserve pilot.At the time the same way went to Jean-Eric Vergne, who was also dismissed from the Toro Rosso. But after a couple years of work test-pilot Ferrari, the Frenchman switched to Formula-E.
Pierre went Out asserts that failure to reach a contract with Toro Rosso absolutely no money.Pierre went Out "I didn't Have a Manager, I was alone fighting with all the big sharks in the paddock and trying to get his seat. And I am very happy that I was able to do this with no Manager and no money.In today's world it is quite difficult to do. Therefore, for young drivers, it is useful to see that it's still possible that you can do it. It is not just about money. Without them, all is possible.
The pilot Toro Rosso Brendon Hartley said that despite the close relationship with Porsche, he will not be distracted by other racing series.Brendon Hartley "I still Have a close relationship with Porsche, but I'm not going to do any other races except Formula 1. This, in my opinion, is a reasonable solution, because I need to fully concentrate on the new League.I'm going to spend all of your energy and time to be sufficiently prepared for the new races. This is a huge opportunity that I don't want to miss. In front of me in front of a large task - I know it".
The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out said that he won't respond negatively about the Royal races.Pierre went Out "I don't want to speak negatively about Formula 1 because I think that there are too many people who talk about this championship in the negative.It's a great series, here is a great machine, and people should be more positive in their comments".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko admitted that he is impressed by the capabilities of Honda.Helmut Marko "I'm very impressed with the opportunities that they have, and their determination to win. We are talking about is to put it all together, and we believe that this moment will come sooner than everyone expects.We'll be watching very carefully the events of 2018"This year, Honda mechanics will work with Junior team Toro Rosso.
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson said that the work with the chassis, done by his team to compensate for the lack of power really impressed him.Marcus Ericsson "Honestly, the team had no choice. They had to speak with the old power plants for various reasons.I think they were hoping that it would not be a big disadvantage, but immediately after hearing the news that Sauber are going to use the old engine, I realized that it would not be very good.Everyone remembered what happened to Toro Rosso, which used the old Ferrari engines in 2016, so we didn't expect a miracle. However, the work on modernization of the chassis was so effective that we could even earn points and compete at a good level early in the season. This is a spectacular result."All points for Sauber earned Pascal Wehrlein. The Ericsson never finished above 11th position.
Nobuharu Matsushita, supported by Honda, last season played in Formula 2 and in parallel worked at least were a test pilot with McLaren. Japanese hopes with Honda to move to Toro Rosso.Nobuharu Matsushita "I'm going to go back to Japan, where Honda will compete in Superformula. It's a great championship, and if I can succeed, I will have the opportunity to return to Europe.Maybe Honda will make me work with the team Toro Rosso. Maybe I will become a pilot for the development.I really want to become a Formula 1 driver. If I succeed next year, my dream can become a reality".
The pilot Toro Rosso Brendon Hartley is confident that he is able to cope with the pressure that awaits him in the season of 2018.Brendon Hartley "Maybe eight or nine years ago, I would not be able to cope with this pressure the pressure of various stress, simultaneous solution of mass issues.I am very pleased with how the do things now. With age I became more experienced. A couple times I felt tired because of the constant travel and jet lag, but at the same time I felt on top.The team did a great job with my adaptation, does not overcharge me when it is trying to inform me in simple words".
Traditionally in the Toro Rosso invite young pilots, as a rule, from the youth program of Red Bull, but at the end of this year, the pilot team was the 28-year-old Brendon Hartley, the two-time champion of endurance racing.Helmut Marko, a sports consultant to Red Bull "I can say that the approach of Red Bull is different, so why we don't have to be an experienced beginner We had no suitable young pilots, and we decided to look around.Actually, Brandon looks like twenty years, so we can still sell him as a young pilot Yes, the invitation of Brandon did not match our rules, but we are happy with the results.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said about his attitude to a subsidiary of the Toro Rosso team.Helmut Marko "Toro Rosso started the season quite strongly. Then they are faced with incredible problems of reliability - it was really incredible Also from the point of view of development of the machine they went the wrong way. They are now focused on next season and collaboration with Honda. Since the announcement of the all their efforts were directed to work with the Japanese.The pilots All the pilots with whom the team began the season left. Sainz went to Renault. Kvyat left, so the Toro Rosso had to restart in the middle of the season with two new pilots. I think, given the circumstances, Pierre went Out and Brendon Hartley really good job. And the good news is that Brandon no longer need to switch attention between Porsche and Formula 1, so I'm sure that next season from Toro Rosso are very good pilots".
The past season was the 25th in the history of the Sauber. However, this round date Swiss team noted no less than round the tenth position in the constructors ' championship.In 2016, the team was in a difficult financial position, resulting in changed owners. Began restructuring Sauber, during which the post of team leader left Kaltenborn, and she was replaced by frdric Vasseur, who retired from Renault because of disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. First, Vasser has made breach of contract with Honda, designed for the 2018 and signed, Kaltenborn, and announced the continuation of cooperation with Ferrari.Well, in the season-2017 Sauber had to use the power plant Ferrari of the sample 2016. The team decided to save money on engines, focusing on a robust chassis. And if in the beginning of the year the pilots Sauber were still able to compete with McLaren and Toro Rosso in the second half of the season they fought only among themselves.Thanks to sponsorship place in the Sauber has retained Marcus Ericsson. His partner became the protg of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. However, because of injuries received during the "Race of Champions", the German missed two steps, and he came on as sub Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve pilot Ferrari.At the fifth stage in Spain to Wehrlein managed to finish eighth, earning four points. Another point, Pascal got the tenth place in Azerbaijan. After that point balance Sauber did not change until the end of the season. Eriksson was in the shadow of Wehrlein, his best results were 11th place in Spain and Azerbaijan. With 5 points Sauber finished the season in tenth and last place.Despite the modest results, that Ericsson has again maintained a place in the Sauber, again, thanks to our sponsors and contacts in the guide. But instead of Wehrlein, who earned all points for the season 2018 took the Ferrari protg of Charles LeClair. Next year the team will get a newest power plant of the Ferrari, and sponsorship and technical assistance to Alfa Romeo, on paper, Sauber needs to significantly improve.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that Daniil Kvyat has great potential, but because of the problems the Russians just burned out mentally.Helmut Marko "Daniel is a talented pilot. Unfortunately, in Formula 1 he showed his capabilities in the first years in the Toro Rosso and Red Bull, and then he began to take. He had problems with tires and brakes that was not Riccardo.He has lost his speed, he's just burned out mentally. We much change to return it to its former form, but he would often get into a crash and began to react negatively to criticism. Daniel closed in himself, he wanted nothing to discuss.I remember how Daniel performed in GP3, his incredible race in Spa and Monza. In 2014, Toro Rosso with failing brakes he was fighting with Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari. But not enough to spend a few good races".
In the next season Toro Rosso will use the Honda powerplant. Technical Director of the Italian team James Ki talked about the difficulties of transition to new engines.James Key "Honda Powerplant are markedly different, they are more compact than the Renault, but have a completely different architecture. You just can't put other engines - much needs to change in the layout of the machine. Yes, some details remain, but some will have to change, and the third and completely develop from scratch.Our team is actively working with Red Bull, but we are doing a lot themselves. We even have our own wind tunnel. Rules for Formula 1 require that we independently develop the car. Gearbox - the only thing we get from Red Bull".