The first chapter in our history began in the autumn of 2005, when Dietrich Mateschitz bought the Minardi F1 Team, renaming it Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Our first car was the STR1, which evolved from the Red Bull Racing RB1 from the previous season, which was modified to comply with the new regulations. In 2006, Formula 1 introduced the new V8 2400cc engines.
Taking into account the last-minute purchase of the team, the FIA allowed the use of the Cosworth V10 engine in order to comply with the new regulations. At the wheel of the STR1 were Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed. Neel Jani joined the team as the third driver.
The car proved itself to be competitive and enabled our two drivers to immediately compete with the midfield, battling regularly for points positions, which only went as far as eighth place back then. The best result of the season was eighth place, courtesy of Vitantonio Liuzzi in the USA Grand Prix, providing a valuable point that allowed us to finish ninth in the Constructors’ Championship at the end of the 2006 season.Discover the 2006 car: STR1