Scuderia Toro Rosso has passed the FIA crash test with its new car, the STR12, ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
Toro Rosso is set to field an unchanged line-up from the end of the 2016 season, having raced with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards.
The team will return to Renault power for 2017 after using year-old Ferrari engines last year, hindering the team’s progression and development towards the end of the season.
Toro Rosso confirmed on Friday that its chassis for the 2017 season, the STR12, has passed the mandatory crash test.
The new car is poised to break cover in the week leading up to the start of pre-season testing, which is due to commence in Barcelona, Spain on February 27.
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”