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2011 Preview: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Can Scuderia Toro Rosso arrest the slide that has seen it fail to capitalise upon its 2008 improvement and slip down the F1 pecking order in 2009 and 2010? Despite a less-than-perfect driver line-up, it might just be able to
Having endured a torrid time of things last season – indeed, only the three F1 newcomers fared worse – Scuderia Toro Rosso really needs to step up a gear over the course of 2011, and the initial signs are that the team is set to do just that.

After taking a substantial leap forward in 2008 – although in hindsight, how much of that was down to the prowess behind the wheel of current defending F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is open to interpretation – the Red Bull 'junior' outfit did not so much tread water in 2009 and 2010 as wholeheartedly sink without a trace. Never mind pole positions and podiums, over the past 36 grands prix, there have scarcely even been any top ten qualifying positions or race finishes.

On the basis of pre-season testing with the innovative and impressive STR6, however, that appears likely to change this year. The team's new baby has looked quick and capable of rattling the cages of more than a few midfield rivals, with the potential to take the fight to – and perhaps even beat – the likes of Williams, Sauber and Force India F1.

The weak link in STR's make-up could just be its two drivers. Sébastien Buemi might claim that he is leading team material, but thus far in his top flight career, he has produced little real evidence to substantiate that boast, whilst team-mate Jaime Alguersuari has yet to fully rediscover the spark that made him such a hot property in British F3 circles – though in the Spaniard's case at least, there were flashes of form last year in what was to be fair pretty abject machinery.

With test and reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo and the similarly highly-rated Jean-Eric Vergne waiting in the wings, however, it would not really be any great surprise to see at least one of the Toro Rosso pairing fired out of the team's ejector seat come mid-season. The more pertinent question is, which one of them will it be..?


Crash.net World Championship Predictions

Sébastien Buemi: 15th (2010: 16th)
Jaime Alguersuari: 14th (2010: 19th)

Scuderia Toro Rosso: 8th (2010: 9th)



Related Pictures

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09.03.2011- Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
09.03.2011- Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
08.03.2011- SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
12.02.2011- SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
21.02.2011- SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
11.02.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
19.02.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
19.02.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
19.02.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
10.03.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
19.02.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
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12.10.2014- Jean Todt (FRA) Fia President and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
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sodesu

March 24, 2011 8:06 AM

I don't think it's forbidden, the way I understand it each chassis has to be unique and has to be the intellectual property of the team using it. As such, I reckon he could pen them both - but they have to be different from each other.

JJJ - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 12:56 AM

I have been wondering for some time now: it's forbidden for STR to use RBR's design...but is it also forbidden for Newey to design a separate car for both STR and RBR? You would say that a man should be allowed to have 2 jobs right?



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