Torro Rosso unveil the STR7

Torro Rosso launch the STR7

Hi Racers,

Talk about a great couple of days! For all of the F1 fans out there who have been waiting eagerly for some F1 related action, its come in a flurry with the unveiling of most of the teams cars and the testing starting in Jerez.

Torro Rosso unveiled their 2012 Challenger, the STR7 on Tuesday ( apologies for the delay in getting this post out to you all )


Stepped Nose on STR7


The Torro Rosso ( unsurprisingly ) featured the stepped nose, which, frankly to me is now old news. It’s obvious that the teams are employing this as a way to achieve the lost downforce from the blown diffuser ban. The fact Mclaren are the only team WITHOUT a step nose could either go in their favour or very much AGAINST. Only time will tell.

Here are the STR7’s Tech Spec’s thanks to



Official car name: STR7

Engine: Ferrari V8 Type 056

Chassis material: Composite monocoque structure

Bodywork material: Carbon fibre composite

Front suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars, Sachs dampers

Rear suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars, Sachs dampers

Steering: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Gearbox: Seven-speed hydraulic

Clutch: Sachs Triple-plate pull-type

Calipers: Brembo

Pads and discs: Brembo

Cooling system (radiators, heat exchangers): Scuderia Toro Rosso

Cockpit instrumentation: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Seat belts: OMP

Steering wheel: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Driver’s seat: Carbon fibre construction,moulded to driver’s shape

Extinguisher system: Scuderia Toro Rosso/FEV

Wheels: Advanti Racing

Fuel cell: ATL

Overall weight : 640 kg (including driver and camera)


Watch the video of the STR7 launch ( including interviews ) below.



I especially like Daniel Riccardo’s tweet following the launch:

Daniel Ricciardo @danielricciardo

Was a great feeling sliding off the TR7’s dress today. And no bra! Too easy 🙂

Sliding off the dress 😉


Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom


Driver Profile – Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel in the RB6 at Perth festival of Speed 2010

Hi Racers

As promised, I am starting a series of driver profiles for the “new kids on the block” that have signed contracts for the coming year in Formula 1.

First cab off the rank is (of course) Australian born, Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel was born in Perth, Western Australia on 1st July 1989. He began Karting at the age of 9, and it was quickly apparent he had some serious talent. In 2005 he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford Championship and finished 8th by the season end. The following year he won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. During his debut season, Ricciardo took two victories and also achieved a pole position. He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship with 231 points, 59 points behind the champion Earl Bamber. This was to be the beginning of his racing career.

Ricciardo in front in Formula Three - 2008

Daniel then moved to Formula Renault in 2007 ( aged just 18 ). By his second season he took his first European title in the Western European Cup and finished second in the Europcup.

The next move for Daniel was to Formula Three where he had great success, and quickly had the Formula 1 eyes on him after he secured the 2009 Formula Three Championship.

Formula 3.5 was the next stop and he was racing alongside other recruit ( now also being signed for 2012 ) Jean-Eric Vergne. After a successful season, and only failing to take out the championship by 2 points, Daniel was set to move to Formula 1.

Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car, when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the now well-known young drivers test from 1-3 December 2009.  On the final day of testing he clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket. Red Bull Racing’s team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series team-mate Hartley as the team’s test and reserve driver. As it turned out, Ricciardo became the test driver for Red Bull & the sister team, Torro Rosso.

On 11 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as the single driver to represent Red Bull Racing at the end-of-season young drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit on 16-17 November. Ricciardo continued to show his one-lap prowess and dominated the event. So much so, that his fastest lap was a FULL 1.3 seconds FASTER than the 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettels qualifying lap the Saturday before. Extraordinary.

Just a few days following the session, Ricciardo was confirmed as Torro Rosso’s test and reserve driver for the 2011 Season.

At the 2011 Australian Grand Prix Ricciardo was placed 16th  on the time sheets after opening practice, just one-tenth slower than his experienced Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastian Buemi. The Australian managed to later finish 8th in practice for the wet Turkish Grand Prix Friday practice one session, a place ahead of competitor Buemi. Not bad in the wet you have to say 🙂

On 30 June 2011, Ricciardo signed for Hispania Racing (HRT) replacing Narain Karthikeyan for all the remaining races of the 2011 season except the Indian Grand Prix to allow Karthikeyan to race at his home Grand Prix.

Daniel signed to Torro Rosso for 2012.

Just a few days before the Indian Grand Prix, Luizzi made way for Karthikeyan to race at his home team, therefor allowing Ricciardo to race, meaning much more experience for him.

Finally, on 14 December 2011 it was officially announced that Daniel Riccardo was signed to Torro Rosso for the 2012 season, once again racing alongside his previous team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

I cant wait to see what Daniel can do in the seat of the Torro Rosso. He is a great young driver, with super enthusiasm and skill. Plus, another Australian on the grid is always a good thing 🙂

Daniel’s Formula 1 STATS 2011

Raced in 11 Races, highest finish place 18th ( twice ), highest qualifying result – 20th.

Race Results:

Grand Prix:

British – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

German – Started 22nd, Finished 19th.

Hungarian – Started 22nd, Finished 18th.

Belgian – Started 23rd, Finished RETIRED.

Italian – NC

Singapore – Started 23rd, Finished 19th.

Japanese – Started 22nd, Finished 22nd.

Korean – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

Indian – Started 23rd, Finished 18th.

Abu Dhabi – Started 20th, Finished RETIRED.

Brazilian – Started 22nd, Finished 20th.


Debut Season: 2009

Starts: 25

Wins: 6

Poles: 10

Fastest Laps: 7

Best Finish: 2nd in 2010

Ricciardo wins the 2009 British Formula Three Championship Title


2008 – Formula Renault 2.0 WEC

2009 – British Formula Three

I saw Daniel at the Perth Festival of Speed last year with Mark Webber. It was great to see two Australians who were in the Formula 1 arena at the same time.

Webber has always been a strong role model for Daniel, and a massive support.

Ricciardo treats the crowd in Perth, Australia to some flying rubber 🙂

I wish Daniel all the best of luck for his first official F1 Season.

Until next time,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom