The Toro Rosso STR7 was too often overshadowed by its midfield rivals to score regular points during 2012. Technical director Giorgio Ascanelli was ousted during the season and replaced by James Key.
Some progress was made later in the year and Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo made occasional visits to the lower reaches of the points. But the team never looked like finishing higher than ninth in the constructors’ championship.
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