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2013 Toro Rosso 'totally different'

Daniel Ricciardo says the 2013 Toro Rosso will be 'totally different' to the STR07 as the Italian team seeks to improve on a tough 2012
Daniel Ricciardo has said that the new Toro Rosso F1 challenger is a totally different machine to the one it will replace.

The Faenza-based team endured a difficult season in 2012 as both Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne struggled to get the best from the STR07, which meant the team ended the campaign down in ninth in the championship with just 26 points.

Both drivers have however been retained for the 2013 campaign, when the team will hope to benefit from the input of new technical director James Key, and Ricciardo admitted that the STR08 had undergone numerous changes to help the Italian squad move forwards.

“I have already seen the new car,” he told Autosprint. “When you examine it more closely, it is very different to the old one.

“I believe that it is better. In any case, it's not one of those cars that looks a total copy of the [previous] one, as though nothing has changed.”

The Australian also admitted that he was well aware of the need to improve his results on track if he wants to realise his potential.

“I'm aware of that, and I know that my targets in 2013 will have to be more ambitious,” he said. “My Achilles heel is that this year, in the first part of the season, I wasn't aggressive enough in the races. In some aspects I was the opposite of Grosjean.”



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23.11.2012- Free Practice 1,Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position and 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position and 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position and 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position and 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position and 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, 3rd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10

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Luke - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 4:18 AM

At the and of the day if the car is crap there is not much you can do with it apart from beat your team mate, look at 2008 with jenson button in the Honda, the car was a dog yet the driver was good but you just couldn't tell. If Ricciardo can translate his qualifying dominance to race dominance over vergne then he has done all that could be done to get the RBR drive, thats of course if it stays the same pace.



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