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Toro Rosso unveils STR8

ESPN Staff
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The new Toro Rosso covers the stepped nose fully, unlike the senior Red Bull team © Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso has unveiled the STR8 at Jerez on the eve pre-season testing, with the team targeting sixth in the standings.

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne revealed the new car in the pit lane at the Circuito de Jerez following a filming day for Mercedes during which it too launched its new car - the W04. The new Toro Rosso employs a vanity panel over its stepped nose, while also employing a similar exhaust layout to last year's car.

The STR8 is the first car to receive input from new technical director James Key, with Key having moved to the team in September 2012 after leading design on Sauber's C31 which scored four podiums last year. At the launch Toro Rosso's Spanish sponsor Cepsa announced that the team is targeting sixth in the constructors' championship this year after finishing ninth last year.

"Certainly it's a very ambitious target," Key said, "but it's right to be ambitious as well. Everyone in the team is very clear that we are not going to be happy with P8 or P9 and we've got to try and do more than that. There's no harm in aiming high, it's a really good motivator."

The launch of the Toro Rosso means only Caterham and Marussia are yet to launch their new cars at Jerez, with Williams running its 2012 car this week before the launch of the FW35 in Barcelona.