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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed a striking new STR12 car last Sunday, and we saw it in action during the first test session in Spain this week. A new look, new design, and a new engine. Have you ever wondered what it took put it all together? Here are some insights from Ben Waterhouse, Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Deputy Technical Director who’s been involved with the STR12 project right from its inception.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

Scuderia Toro Rosso has revealed its 2017 Formula 1 challenger, the STR12, at the pit lane outside the garage at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. 

Critical Role of IT in Formula 1

There aren’t many companies that are expected to push the limits of technological development and put their products on display in front of thousands of spectators and half a billion TV viewers multiple times every year.

Scuderia Toro Rosso is one of them. It’s one of the eleven Formula 1 teams that wheel out their state of the art racing equipment from the factories to the global arena of Grand Prix competitions more than 20 times a year. Every racing weekend thousands of hours of research and development, engineering, and manufacturing are compressed into two hours of high-speed performance on the track. It’s a show of technological excellence, innovation and teamwork.

A Day With Toro Rosso in Moscow

Only for a day, but what a day! Acronis invited Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Team Principal Franz Tost and driver Daniil Kvyat to visit Moscow and spend a day with fans, media, and students. If you weren’t there, here is a short summary of what you missed.

VIDEO: Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso Hoping for Rain at the Brazilian GP

Video interview with Carlos Sainz at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 2016.

Masha Krylova: We have Carlos Sainz here with us, a Formula 1 driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Carlos, thank you for your time. It’s your second time in Brazil, what are your thoughts about this track?

Carlos Sainz: Yes, my second race in Brazil. Last year we had a lot of reliability issues, but this year, hopefully, we got rid of them. It’s not a track that favors our car, but anyway, we are here to enjoy, to have fun, and have a good race tomorrow, knowing there is a chance of rain also.

Why Formula 1 Is Important, Even if You Are Not into Motorsports

For some, the beauty of Formula 1 is all about its sporting aspects. For others, it’s all about technology, the incredible innovation behind the world’s most technology-driven sport. But the reality is that you can’t separate the two. Formula 1 is at once about sport, technology and innovation. And what may seem like an expensive hobby for wealthy tinkerers and daring racers actually has a trickle-down effect on our everyday lives. Formula 1 is a massive research and development powerhouse. Technologies developed within the closed walls of F1 team factories find their way into other industries, making our lives simpler, safer and more efficient.

Here are a few obvious (and some not-so-obvious) examples of Formula 1 technology that has made its way into our everyday lives:

1. Tyres. Pirelli, the sole tyre supplier for all Formula 1 teams, has conducted an enormous amount of R&D over the years. The tyre technology developed for Formula 1 — soft tyres with more grip or hard tyres that last longer — is also used for road cars. If you have a set of Pirellis on your car outside, the Formula 1 technology has followed you home.

VIDEO: Toro Rosso Franz Tost and Daniil Kvyat: Our Goal for 2017 is Clear

Following the recent announcement that Daniil Kvyat will continue racing for Toro Rosso next year, we asked Daniil and Franz Tost, Toro Rosso Team Principal, about their plans for the next season.

James Key, Toro Rosso Technical Chief (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

James Key, Toro Rosso Technical Chief (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

Aggressive looks, fat tyres and more speed — the new season is going to be amazing! The revolutionary changes in the 2017 Formula One Technical Regulations are about to unleash the bull under the bonnet of the new STR12 and Toro Rosso fans can’t wait to see it on the track.

For years FIA has been adding performance restrictions to reduce speed and increase driver safety. Next year, some of these restrictions will be rolled back, giving cars a noticeable performance boost, enhanced speed and beautiful new contours.

Datacenter in a Suitcase: A Day in the Life of a Racetrack IT Engineer

Imagine having to take your datacenter with you everywhere you go. Daniel Martland does: it’s his job. Being a Trackside IT Engineer for Formula One racing team Scuderia Toro Rosso takes him to over 20 different countries every year. It’s a challenging job, he says, but at the end of each race, there is a great sense of fulfillment, another weekend well done.

We met on the sidelines of Sepang International Circuit during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. Sitting outside of Toro Rosso’s garage, in extreme heat and stifling humidity, Daniel shared with me what it takes to maintain the network for the most data intensive and technologically advanced sport on earth.

Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso looks on as the race engineers prepare his STR11 for a practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix on September 16, 2016

Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso looks on as the race engineers prepare his STR11 for a practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix on September 16, 2016. (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

I’ve been following F1 for more than 20 years. It started when I was in college back in the Nineties. Watching all-time great racers like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher reach the stars of the F1 firmament made me admire their dedication and skill as well as the technology behind their cars. Being a geek myself, I began to dig deeper into the sport, trying to uncover what makes one team better than another on the track.