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. Royal-Spark (@royal-spark) said on 27th January 2014, 18:43

    The Gonzo nose.

  2. Juampa Valverde said on 27th January 2014, 18:43

    Such dong probably will make feel unconfortable to the driver/car in front.

  3. Jazzman said on 27th January 2014, 19:05

    It looks like they designed the car, and then realised the nose had to be lower. So their solution was to just glue something with little drag on the front. McLaren and Williams have ‘anteater’ noses, Ferrari a ‘vacuum’ cleaner nose and Torro Rosso a penis nose. Let’s hope the cars revealed tomorrow don’t look as deformed…

  4. Slr (@slr) said on 27th January 2014, 19:07

    On the thumbnail picture for this article I didn’t notice the anteater part of the nose and I thought hallelujah! But then after looking at the picture much closely, I realised how truly horrendous the nose looks.

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 27th January 2014, 19:27

      I think that points out not having the gold on the tip is better no?

      I don’t understand why everyone wants to see that ugly nose in gold while TR is clearly trying to hide it with their livery.

  5. Fixy (@fixy) said on 27th January 2014, 19:18

    It’s horrible… but I’m so damn happy with the guys who came up with the livery and masked the tip of the nose that I didn’t expect it to happen and it doesn’t even bother me at all…

  6. sbl on tour (@sbl-on-tour) said on 27th January 2014, 19:35

    think this is the best looker so far

  7. barkun (@barkun) said on 27th January 2014, 19:58

    so after the ant-eater and the vacuum cleaner we have the Toucan !

  8. nidzovski said on 27th January 2014, 20:12

    we will see a lot of broken noses this year….

  9. maarten.f1 (@maarten-f1) said on 27th January 2014, 20:19

    Hahaha, that’s so funny! All these cars are ugly as heck, but it sure is hilarious!

  10. Lotus49 (@lotus49) said on 27th January 2014, 21:15

    Is there not a danger that, when polishing the nose, it will rise up and fall foul of the regulations.

  11. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 27th January 2014, 21:31

    definitely the backs of all the cars look sick!

  12. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 27th January 2014, 21:33

    With last years nose on it, this would have been a beautiful car.

  13. Sam (@dsrt93) said on 27th January 2014, 21:38

    It would look so much better if the gold bit on the nose was on the ‘penis’ part, it wouldn’t look like an add on to the 2013 nose then.

  14. troutcor said on 27th January 2014, 22:43

    This one at least has a flow from the front, past the front wheels, past the sidepods and to the rear. An arc, if you will.
    That is about as much as one can ask under the current regs.

  15. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 27th January 2014, 22:58

    This car is nice as well.

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