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Toro Rosso to launch on February 6

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Daniel Ricciardo will debut the new car on the opening day of the first test © Getty Images
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Toro Rosso has confirmed that it will launch its new car - the STR7 - on February 6 at the Circuito de Jerez.

After the team announced that the new car had passed all of its crash tests and would be ready for the start of testing on February 7 it was clear that a launch would come before the first test. Toro Rosso has now confirmed that the car will be unveiled on the same day as Red Bull and Sauber, with Lotus also carrying out a media launch on February 6 following an online launch the previous day.

Toro Rosso has two new drivers for 2012 with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne having replaced Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, and it will be Ricciardo who first drives the STR7 on the first day of the test.

Marussia is the only team to so far confirm that it will not be running at the first test, having delayed the launch of its new car until the final test at Barcelona. Mercedes will not launch until the second test but will be present in Jerez with a 2011 car to learn more about the new Pirelli tyres.

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