The new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Formula 1 challenger has made its track debut today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. The new car is still in temporary blue livery with the official debut set for February 29.
During the end of the 2015 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Toro Rosso revived their partnership with Ferrari after Renault announced they would not supply engines to customer teams for the 2016 season. Toro Rosso had previously used Ferrari engines from 2007 to 2013, the new move meant that the 2016 car would undergo significant structural changes in order to accommodate the Ferrari power unit.
The new STR11 will use a 2015 Ferrari power unit instead of the updated unit found on the new Ferrari SF16-H F1 car. As for the layout changes, the STR11 has a longer wheelbase just like the Ferrari-powered Marussia MR03 used in the 2014 season.
The 2016 driver lineup remains unchanged with Carlos Sainz Jr. teaming up with Max Verstappen. The team enjoyed success during the 2015 season where rookie Verstappen scored two 4th place finishes, enabling them to finish 7th on the constructors’ standings.