Toro Rosso STR1

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Toro Rosso STR1
Category Formula One
Constructor Scuderia Toro Rosso
Team/s Scuderia Toro Rosso
Designers Mark Smith
Gabriele Tredozi
Drivers 20. Vitantonio Liuzzi
21. Scott Speed
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) cast titanium uprights, pushrods, carbon-fibre upper and lower wishbones
Suspension (rear) cast titanium uprights, pushrods, carbon-fibre upper and lower wishbones
Engine Cosworth TJ2005-2 90-degree V10 (restricted)
Gearbox Scuderia Toro Rosso seven-speed longitudinal
Fuel Shell
Tyres Bridgestone
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races competed 18
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

The Toro Rosso STR1 was the car with which the Scuderia Toro Rosso team competed in the 2006 Formula One season. It was driven by Vitantonio Liuzzi, who had started four Grands Prix for the sister Red Bull Racing team in 2005, and Scott Speed, a débutant who was the first American driver to compete in F1 since Michael Andretti in 1993.

2006 marked a new beginning, as Red Bull had bought the Minardi team which had competed in F1 for twenty years and renamed it using the Italian translation of their brandname. The new team inherited Minardi's technical team and its factory at Faenza only, as ex-owner Paul Stoddart kept Minardi's other property in Ledbury. A deal which allowed the team to run restricted V10 engines, instead of V8s, was also maintained despite the new ownership.

This allowed Toro Rosso to use an almost identical version of the previous year's Red Bull RB1 coupled with the same Cosworth engines, only power-restricted under the FIA's equivalency formula. Both the chassis-sharing and V10 engine usage remained controversial topics throughout the season, as the engine agreement was designed to benefit the poor Minardi team, not the much richer Red Bull company. However, this wore off as the season progressed, as fears over the car's potential performance advantage proved to be unfounded.

This was largely due to the year-old chassis, the torque advantage of the V10 being cancelled out by traction control, and the lack of engine development and tyre testing given to the team. However, the team were generally more competitive than Midland/Spyker and Super Aguri, and Liuzzi was able to score the team's one and only point at Indianapolis.

Liuzzi was generally the quicker of the drivers, although Speed improved as he gained in experience. Despite both getting involved in several accidents and mistakes due to their inexperience, the STR duo both drew praise from part-team owner Gerhard Berger for their performances.

The team eventually finished ninth in the Constructors' Championship, with one point.

Toro Rosso STR01

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
Vitantonio Liuzzi 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 15 10 13 13 8 13 10 Ret Ret 14 10 14 13
Scott Speed 13 Ret 9 15 11 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 10 12 11 13 13 14 18 11

3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Toro Rosso
Personnel: 22px-Flag of Austria.png Franz Tost | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giorgio Ascanelli | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Alex Hitzinger

Current drivers: 22px-Flag of France.png Sébastien Bourdais | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sebastian Vettel

Formula One cars: STR1 | STR2 | STR3 | STR4

Cars that competed in the 2006 Formula One season
Renault R26 • Ferrari 248 F1 • McLaren MP4-21 • Honda RA106 • BMW Sauber F1.06 • Toyota TF106 • TF106B • Red Bull RB2 • Williams FW28 • Toro Rosso STR1 • Midland M16 • Super Aguri SA05 • SA06