Dire season for the Italian marque Toro Rosso; having come on the back of lucrative 2011 season. No points scored in the last five races for the Ferrari-powered outfit st this stage. Before the testing got underway, Toro Rosso team’s all new STR7 looked no more like a Redbull derivative when it was first revealed for public.
Lot more expectation laid on their back to take the battle of mid-fielders a step further. All new driver line-up for the Faenza based team as Buemi and Alguersuari were thrown out controversially. It was apparent Toro Rosso nurtures future drivers for parent team Redbull.
The real underlying truth was only Sebastian Vettel had got the better of the programme. Both Buemi and Alguersuari had driven with everything they got to make their mark on Redbull when it seemed Mark Webber would departure soon. No lady luck struck for either of them as they were sacked leaving their F1 careers highly skeptical.
Disloyal school of speed had a tough time since then as new signings Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne failed to shoot-in good finishes. Australia’s own Ricciardo had finished the opening round bagging two points with calculated drive from the British F3 champion Vergne on wet Malaysian race incurred another four.
Vergne couldn’t make into Q2 after that in three different occasions with his team-mate only managing just to hang around in it. No real pace in the car despite both drivers often completing in race conditions. Caterham team’s Kovaleinen and Petrov out-qualified Vergne in Canada and relying on updates for British GP to overcome them on race days.
In the previous season, STR had a great stance similar to what Sauber and Force India are doing now. Blame it on authorities or fund providers or even the team themselves it is going down sooner than they had ever thought.