The launch of the brand new Toro Rosso STR12 is tomorrow
Barcelona, February 25th 2017.- The 2017 Formula 1 preseason is ready to go at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Carlos Sainz is counting the hours until his first outing of the year with the new car. He is ready and willing to work with his team to prepare for his third year as an official Formula 1 driver.
The launch of the new car, the Toro Rosso STR12, will be held in the Pit-Lane of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya tomorrow at 18:00. Nevertheless, Carlos wanted to give his fans a first chance to see the new helmet design he will be using this year.
The design stays true to the core principles of Carlos’s style: the flag of Spain, the chrome in the back and a blueish upper side, while Estrella Galicia 0,0 logo keeps on the chin rest. The chili drawing and Maria de Villota’s star all appear on the unit, as they did in 2016.
There are a few novelties, but two stand out from the rest. The first one is the use of glitter, which is now more obvious than in the previous designs. Glitter is now found in the 55 number. The second change affects the back of the helmet, with a move to Red Bull’s mate dark blue and the outstanding red letters of the energizing drinks company.
Carlos explains this new look. “I like to keep the design I’ve always used, because it has a special meaning to me and I’m quite old-school in that aspect. But it’s also nice to make small adjustments like the ones we see this year. Plus I like black and the blue that is now found in the back of my helmet is very dark. It looks really nice. I’m also really glad to keep my sponsors on my helmet, as I feel their support”.
On Monday, February 27th, Carlos will be the one in charge of driving the new car in the first day of preseason testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Public admittance is allowed with tickets costing 18 euros per day, free for Spanish GP ticket holders. It will be the third year in a row that Toro Rosso chooses Carlos to debut its new creation. "I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a day I always cherish in a special way, specially that moment when you leave the Pit-Lane for the very first time. I want to say thanks to Toro Rosso for the trust they put on me by giving me this privilege”.
Carlos is also ready to tackle the new technical regulations. “I really want to see how this big changes affect the cars and I want to live it from the inside. The simulator has given us many data, but we haven’t been able to check it on track yet. It’s a feeling all drivers want to feel. Let’s see what we find out on Monday!”, he concluded.