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. Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 27th January 2014, 17:29

    Oh god! Why ?? Are we going to see F18+ championship instead of F1 championship .

  2. Someone put a dildo on that car.

  3. STR did the Good Job at rear. It seems they are very innovative. The FW is the worst one though

  4. HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th January 2014, 17:34

    Could they be courting Durex and Trojan as potential sponsors?

  5. Aden (@blacksimus) said on 27th January 2014, 17:40

    New name for this car should be Gonzo

  6. Jaanus (@) said on 27th January 2014, 17:40

    Is this schlong really necessary..

  7. obviously said on 27th January 2014, 17:53

    Since they are using half of the Red Bull car now, I expect Red Bull car will look the same, but with a different kind of ugly livery.

  8. GeeMac said on 27th January 2014, 18:07

    Stuff the nose, look at those sidepods, they are TINY!

  9. Barney said on 27th January 2014, 18:11

    The WORST nose , by far! This & McLaren’s look like manhoods, if you know what I mean.

    But honestly guys, are the looks THAT important?? It matters how good the cars will be.

  10. Nick (@npf1) said on 27th January 2014, 18:18

    The ‘extension’ has a shape that remind me of some of Sauber’s noses back when they had Sauber sponsoring, mostly the 1995 and 1998 cars. Except they were the actual noses and the Red Bull logo was on them..

  11. DaveD (@daved) said on 27th January 2014, 18:24

    My first thought on seeing that nose was the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their “socks”. The gold paint makes the extension really “stand out” LOL

  12. Jammers said on 27th January 2014, 18:35

    Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I think that, if it weren’t for these horrifically phallic noses, these cars would look halfway attractive, aesthetically-speaking–what with the narrower front wing, bulkier exhaust/gearbox area, and lower nosecones (bar the tips). Quite possibly the prettiest for some time. Plus, there are some gorgeous liveries to boot (Force India, for example).

  13. SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 27th January 2014, 18:40

    Anyway, their existence is to just feed the RedBull team, so why couldn’t they produce at least a decent looking car? Now we all know that #TOROUNCHAINED #TOROUNDRESSED

  14. vjanik said on 27th January 2014, 18:42

    here is another angle. not pretty

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