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New Toro Rosso launched in Spain 13 Feb 2007

Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, Tuesday 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, Tuesday 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, Tuesday 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, Tuesday 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton The new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, Tuesday 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

...as the Italian squad confirm Liuzzi for 2007

Toro Rosso unveiled their 2007 challenger, the STR2, at a low-key event at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday. The Italian squad also confirmed Vitantonio Liuzzi would remain with the team for 2007, but, blaming ‘ongoing contractual negotiations’, did not reveal their second race driver.

Although the media had been warned that the Ferrari-engined STR2 might not be ready in time for the scheduled launch, the Toro Rosso mechanics worked through Monday night to make their deadline and the new car finally broke cover at the Barcelona circuit late in the afternoon.

Despite the last-minute launch, Toro Rosso's co-owner and ex-Formula One driver Gerhard Berger is confident the STR2 will help the team challenge the front-runners as the season progresses.

“We won’t be getting any pole positions or race wins this year, but we have progressed as a team and we have to move forward to fighting some of the bigger teams on a regular basis,” Berger explained.

Designed by Red Bull Technology, the new STR2 is the result of the combined efforts of the team’s own designers and Red Bull's Adrian Newey, who recently oversaw the launch of the RB3. In light of recent media speculation, however, Berger was quick to refute claims the STR2 was a customer car.

“Our car is not a customer car” he explained. “A customer car is when you go to another team, give them money and they give you a car. This is not the case with us and before we went down the route of working with Red Bull Technology, we took our own legal advice and checked with the FIA. I am completely satisfied that our car is in compliance with the rules.”

The STR2 was scheduled to make its track debut on Tuesday afternoon with Liuzzi at the helm but, with the day's test session already over, the team may have to wait until Wednesday to give the new car its first run.