Toro Rosso: A Better Red Bull Than Red Bull

Something strange and weird is happening, and I’m not sure I really like or understand it, but I’m just going to say it: despite the fact that it still relies on the same basic principles as a livery first introduced in 2006… I kind of quite like the 2013 version of the Toro Rosso. I’d even go so far as to say it might be one of the strongest liveries of this season so far…

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Why am I saying this, when it goes against (a) everything I’ve previously said about hating liveries that stay the same year on year, and (b) everything I’ve previously said about this team’s car?

Well, perhaps it’s just that the car it should generally always be compared to – the Red Bull – is so ghastly. But just about everything that the parent car does wrong, this one seems to do right. It’s a better shade of blue. It actually advertises the company’s product clearly – with the name on the sidepods and everything. It’s got a consistent colour scheme, based around only three colours – the red of CEPSA on the rear wing, and the gold of Falcon on the front, actually fitting in with the colours STR first (almost presciently) used on the car back in 2006. And while, yeah, I’m still totally bored of that bull painting now, it does look a lot better reduced to just the engine cover (as it first was in 2009) than it did in the years prior.

And like Sauber, they have┬ábothered to improve some of the things that didn’t work last year. With the messy detailing on and around the monocoque banished, in the profile view the car actually looks pretty clean and classy. I’ve said it before, but what it reminds me of now is a 1995 Sauber – and that’s no bad thing. The front view is still a lot busier, but hey – baby steps.

Frankly, if Red Bull want a decent Red Bull livery, they’d be better off flogging the other team to Infiniti – and letting them paint the whole damned thing purple – and starting again from scratch with the Little Italian Team That Could…



    February 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I always liked the design patterns they applied to the front, but I have to agree, the clean straight lines make this an absolutely gorgeous car!


    February 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I haven’t liked the STR design since 2008. The blue is a very nice colour, but there is too much gold and red on it which ruins it IMO. An almost entirely navy blue car with a tiny bit of gold and MAYBE a little bit of red would be brilliant. This is not and hasn’t been for a few years. But thank god they did get rid of the detailing on the nose.


    February 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Great looking car, the evolution from last years design is very good. It’s a shame that Cepsa stuck with STR instead of having a totally red HRT, that would really have been something and out rosso’d the scuderia!
    I still think that the Toro Rosso should be in Red Bull sugar free light colours or in a red bull cola scheme

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