Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced that it will hold a pre-season 'event' at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain next week, when it may - or may not - be in a position to unveil its new car.
All the F1 teams have now launched their 2007 cars with the exception of Toro Rosso and Super Aguri, the latter revealing last week that its new machine will be unveiled on Monday 12 March in Tokyo, before being shipped off to Melbourne for that weekend's opening round.
"Scuderia Toro Rosso's new car should be ready very soon, although we are not sure exactly when," read a brief statement from STR. "But we know you want to talk to us so the deal is this - come and see us at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, on Tuesday 13 February. The car might or might not be ready, but Tuesday 13 February is
our press day, when you will have access to Gerhard Berger, Franz Tost, Alex Hitzinger and our drivers. Interviews start around 1200hs."
There has been much speculation that STR's 2007 entry, much like Super Aguri's, could be heavily based on another design, thereby running the risk of violating the rules on 'customer cars'.
Although the Italian operation insists that it is working within the regulations, it is noticeable that both teams under the microscope have yet to reveal their hand for 2007, suggesting that they need less track-time to get the cars up and running than a team with an all-new design.