Toro Rosso confirm Speed for 2007 24 Feb 2007
After weeks of speculation, Toro Rosso announced on Saturday that Scott Speed would continue to race for the team for the 2007 season. Speed, who competed for the Italian squad last year, will line up alongside 06 team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi, who was re-confirmed earlier this month.
Speed got his first taste of Toro Rossos new car, the STR2, during last weeks test session in Bahrain. The American driver covered 60 laps on Saturday in the 2007 challenger, clocking a best lap of 1m 33.255s around the Sakhir circuit.
Liuzzi was confirmed just under a fortnight ago, during the low-key launch of the STR2, held at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya. The Italian squad cited ongoing contractual negotiations as the reason behind their failure to announce a second race driver at the same event.
Speeds confirmation in Bahrain means that all 11 teams have now finalised their race line-ups, ahead of this seasons opener, the Australian Grand Prix, scheduled to take place in Melbourne on March 18.