Red Bull Toro Ros­so Hon­da un­veils STR13

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

Hon­da and its new part­ner, S­cu­de­ria Toro Ros­so, un­vei­led their new For­mu­la 1 car, the STR13, fit­ted with the Hon­da RA618H po­wer u­nit, at the Bar­ce­lo­na Ca­ta­lunya Ci­r­cuit last Tu­es­day.

Fol­lo­wing the un­vei­ling of the new car that Pier­re Gas­ly and B­ren­don Hart­ley will dri­ve in t­his y­e­ar’s FIA For­mu­la 1 Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip, Red Bull Toro Ros­so Hon­da now joins the ot­her ni­ne F1 te­ams for eig­ht days of pre-se­a­son tes­ting at the Bar­ce­lo­na ci­r­cuit be­fo­re the first Grand P­rix of the se­a­son, which ta­kes pla­ce in Mel­bour­ne, Aus­tra­lia on 25 March.

“I am re­al­ly look­ing for­ward to be­gin­ning t­his new se­a­son and en­te­ring a new era for our te­am, wor­king to­get­her with Hon­da,” said Franz Tost, S­cu­de­ria Toro Ros­so te­am prin­ci­pal. “It’s an ex­ci­ting ti­me for Toro Ros­so be­cau­se we ha­ve not had our own en­gi­ne sup­plier be­fo­re. To part­ner with a ma­nu­fac­tu­rer, with the his­to­ry Hon­da has, will be gre­at. We al­so ha­ve two ac­com­plis­hed rook­ies for the 2018 se­a­son. T­hey are not com­ple­te­ly new be­cau­se both Pier­re and B­ren­don dro­ve a hand­ful of ra­ces for us last y­e­ar, but t­his will be their first full se­a­son in For­mu­la 1.

I’m con­vin­ced that if we pro­vi­de them with a com­pe­ti­ti­ve car, t­hey will be a­ble to per­form at very high le­vels.”

Both dri­vers are cham­pi­ons in their own rig­ht. Pier­re won the 2016 GP2 (now F2) c­ham­pi­ons­hip, whi­le B­ren­don is a dou­ble FIA Wor­ld En­du­ran­ce cham­pi­on and win­ner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kat­su­hi­de Mo­riya­ma, chief of­fi­cer for Brand and Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons of Hon­da Mo­tor Co, said, “I am de­lig­h­ted that our new car is he­re and re­a­dy for the start of win­ter tes­ting, ha­ving been de­sig­ned and built to a very tig­ht sche­du­le. Now we ha­ve just eig­ht days to e­va­lu­a­te our work on the track, in or­der to be re­a­dy for the co­ming se­a­son. We ap­pre­ci­a­te the warm sup­port from the fans and ho­pe t­hey en­joy wa­t­ching us com­pe­te in t­his y­e­ar’s c­ham­pi­ons­hip.”

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