Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne pull the covers off the new STR8, as the car is launched in Jerez ahead of pre-season testing. The startlingly red surroundings are due to the corporate colours of chief sponsor CEPSA, who organised the event on behalf of the team.
Speaking about the coming season, Ricciardo is all fired up: "The 2013 version of me is a more confident person and driver, with more self-belief than last year. I’ve always had the desire and determination to succeed and now I’m ready to reinforce that and let everyone see what I’m all about."
Teammate Jean-Éric Vergne is more circumspect about the task at hand, keeping it all about the education: "Going into this season is a completely different experience to this time last year, when I had to deal with a lot of unknowns. I had to learn the majority of tracks, understand so many details about Formula 1 and adapt to working with the team. This year, I will still be learning – you never stop in Formula 1 – but the basics are there and I will be able to focus on more important aspects of the job."