Toro Rosso STR9: First pictures

2014 F1 cars

Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso STR9, Jerez, 2014

The Toro Rosso STR9 is the team’s first car with Renault power. Here are pictures of their 2014 contender at its launch at Jerez.

Team principal Franz Tost said the team had made their earliest ever start on the new car: “In 2014 the key parameters for success will be finding the best balance between deploying the power of the engine and managing the 100kg fuel limit per race, the use of the two energy recovery systems and, just as in the past, the tyres.

“Apart from the new rules, at Toro Rosso we have also had to adapt to a new engine partner and we are looking forward to working with Renault. One final new element for us is on the driver side, as Daniil Kvyat joins us to race alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. Both are very talented and we expect good things from them.

“With all these changes, some that affect everyone, others that are specific to Toro Rosso, it is really difficult to set targets or make predictions. However, it is clear we have to improve our performance and make a step forward.”

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121 comments on Toro Rosso STR9: First pictures

  1. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 27th January 2014, 16:58

    I haven’t moaned about any of the car’s noses so far, but where the gold ends on this just makes it look awful. If the gold was also on the ‘finger’ area it might’ve made it look somewhat better. That doesn’t bode too well for the RB10’s nose paintwork then.
    At least this Toro Rosso gives us something to talk about because usually their launches are the most uninspiring, oh wait…

  2. Nige.B (@nigel2509) said on 27th January 2014, 17:00

    Ferrari still top of the weird league!

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th January 2014, 17:01

    So they got my idea of masking it.

    I don’t think it looks any worse than the rest of the cars so far presented. At least the fingertip is masked in dark blue. It’d be even worse if it was all gold and shiny.

    And again, chop off the finger, and it looks proper ! even with such a hideous livery (the way they put “Red Bull” on the side looks particularly bad!)

    • OOliver said on 27th January 2014, 17:25

      We have to be grateful they didn’t cap the tip with some of that gold paint, as they usually have on previous cars.

  4. calum said on 27th January 2014, 17:03

    Hahahaha… it is looking worse than even Mclaren’s :D

  5. Sam (@dsrt93) said on 27th January 2014, 17:05

    Without doubt the ugliest car so far. Looks like they’ve taken the 2013 model nose and just added that ‘thing’ to it. In my opinion, out of all the cars so far the best is probably the Ferrari. I just can’t seem to warm to these new regulations, the stepped noses were tolerable, these are embarrassing for Formula 1.

  6. It’s not even a finger anymore.

  7. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 27th January 2014, 17:08

    The size of that thing! I hope it vibrates at high speed.
    Only to add function to form, nothing else :)

  8. Sam (@dsrt93) said on 27th January 2014, 17:11

    Not a fan.

  9. The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 27th January 2014, 17:14

    Ann Summers should be sponsoring that nose…

    Reminds of when Cameo performed live on Top of the Pops in the mid 80’s!

  10. Calling them anteaters is almost too polite.

  11. Darren B (@downwithdrs) said on 27th January 2014, 17:20

    Most of this year’s cars are quite ridiculous. The Ferrari is the only one I can tolerate … and even that looks odd.

    I used to buy diecast models of F1 cars … I stopped when the cars got really ugly c2010 …

  12. Darren B (@downwithdrs) said on 27th January 2014, 17:21

    .. and so they called the Class of 2014 The Proboscis Generation o_0

  13. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 27th January 2014, 17:26

    Massively bored of the phallic jokes now, folks…

    Anyway, this just screams ‘bo-ring’ to me. Just looks quite conservative in as far as design, and livery. All a bit of a yawn this one!

  14. Boxcar Racer (@mojopixel) said on 27th January 2014, 17:28

    It’s Gonzo from the muppets!!!

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