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New Toro Rosso to make public debut next week 04 Mar 2009

Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR3 Formula One Testing, Autodromo Algarve, Portimao, Portugal. 21 January 2009 Sebastian Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR3 Formula One Testing, 9 - 13 February 2009, Jerez, Spain.

Toro Rosso’s 2009 car, the STR4, will put in its first public appearance at next week’s Barcelona test, the team have announced. The Spanish session is the last before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 29.

Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso have been testing the STR4 behind closed doors at the Adria International Raceway in Italy this week, but on Monday the car will be officially launched at the Circuit de Catalunya, before testing alongside its rivals.

The STR4 chassis is based on Red Bull’s RB5 - both designed by Red Bull Technologies - but powered by Ferrari rather than Renault. Last year Toro Rosso surprised by out-performing their supposedly senior sister team, even scoring a maiden victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

With Monza winner Sebastian Vettel having departed for Red Bull, Toro Rosso’s 2009 driver line-up comprises the recently reconfirmed Sebastien Bourdais and Swiss GP2 graduate Sebastien Buemi.