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Last to the Party, Toro Rosso Launches Latest F1 Car

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Scuderia Toro Rosso officially revealed their newest Formula One challenger – the STR13.

The 2018 car will be accompanied by Honda power, which moves over to the Red Bull junior team after three tumultuous years at McLaren. Depending on the relationship, the senior team could be powered by the Japanese manufacturer by as early as next season.

Brendon Hartley is set to take the reigns as preseason testing begins today at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Overall, Team Principal Franz Tost displayed his passion for the work put into the latest creation.

“I am really looking forward to begin this new season and enter a new era for our team, working together with Honda,” said Tost.

“It’s an exciting time for Toro Rosso because we have not had our own engine supplier before, so 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. Both drivers come to us as champions, as Pierre won the 2016 GP2 (now F2) Championship, while Brendon is a double World Endurance Champion and 24 Hour of Le Mans winner. I’m convinced that if we provide them with a competitive car, they will be able to perform at very high levels.

“We have been working very hard on the STR13, and I’m happy we do not have to wait too long to see it running. The season has begun… Ganbarimasu!”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.