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Toro Rosso to reveal Renault-powered STR9 car at Jerez on January 27

New car to launch day before testing; Vergne to get first run

By James Galloway.   Last Updated: 17/01/14 5:29pm

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Toro Rosso: Another Jerez unveiling

Toro Rosso: Another Jerez unveiling

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Toro Rosso will unveil their all-new STR9, the team's first Renault-powered car, at Jerez the day before winter testing gets underway.

With the teams increasingly lining up their launches on successive days from Friday January 25 up to Day One of action at Jerez, Red Bull's junior team have selected the eve of the first test to show off their first interpretation of F1's new regulatory framework.

Drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and rookie Daniil Kyvat, Team Principal Franz Tost and Technical Director James Key will all be on hand to take the wraps off the STR9 in the Jerez pitlane at 5.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT) on Monday January 27.

The team also confirmed that Vergne, who enters his third season at Toro Rosso and effectively assumes the mantle of team leader following Daniel Ricciardo's promotion to the senior Red Bull team, will have the honour of driving the new challenger on Tuesday's opening day of track running.

After seven years with Ferrari power, Toro Rosso have aligned themselves with their senior sibling for F1's new turbo era by switching to Renault engines.

2014 car launch schedule
January 24: McLaren MP4-29 - Online.
January 25: Ferrari - Online.
January 26: Sauber C33 - Online.
January 27: Toro Rosso STR9 - Jerez.
January 28: Red Bull RB10, Mercedes W05 and Caterham - Jerez.
February: Lotus E22 - Pre-Bahrain test.

The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests, starting in Jerez on Tuesday January 28, with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News.

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