Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 image

active: 2012
Team: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Team: Giorgio Ascanelli (TD), Laurent Mekies (CD), Franz Tost (TP)
Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo (16), Jean-Eric Vergne (17), Sebastian Buemi (Reserve)

The STR7 was revealed on 6 February at Jerez, a day before the start of winter testing at the same circuit. The car was presented by the team's new drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, while at the same time a new sponsorship deal was announced with Nova chemicals, along with an extension of their existing CEPSA deal.

Technically, the car follows a similar design strategy as its predecessor, with long sidepods with a large undercut. Technical director Giorgio Ascanelli explained: "The third point relates to the exhausts as the rules now demand we relocate the exhaust exit to a more benign position, which effectively means no low exhaust blowing under the diffuser just ahead of the rear wheel. This has involved moving the exhausts higher, to where they were in 2009, before the new rules regarding bodywork had come out. This rule change has therefore led to the loss of a very high energy stream that will slow the cars down considerably, unless of course someone has come up with something particularly interesting! The exhaust blowing restrictions will effectively reduce the effect by a massive amount, down to about 10% of what it was last year."

A full technical analysis of the STR7 can be found at

All in all, the car failed to live up the team's expectations, and it was later confirmed by the team that there was not enough room to alter the weight distribution in order to make the car work properly at every venue. It was also admitted that the suspension layout did not allow for enough different set-up possibilities and that the high sidepod layout was increasingly difficult to develop.


Official car name: STR7

Chassis material: Composite monocoque structure

Bodywork material: Carbon fibre composite

Front suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars, Sachs dampers

Rear suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars, Sachs dampers

Steering: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Gearbox: Seven-speed hydraulic

Clutch: Sachs Triple-plate pull-type

Calipers: Brembo

Pads and discs: Brembo

Cooling system (radiators, heat exchangers): Scuderia Toro Rosso

Cockpit instrumentation: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Seat belts: OMP

Steering wheel: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Driver's seat: Carbon fibre construction,moulded to driver’s shape

Extinguisher system: Scuderia Toro Rosso/FEV

Wheels: Advanti Racing

Fuel cell: ATL

Overall weight: 640 kg (including driver and camera)


Engine: Ferrari V8 Type 056