The STR 7 produced through the efforts of all those in Faenza and Bicester was the car we raced in the Formula 1 World Championship of the 2012 season. Once again, it was fitted with the Ferrari-powered 056 engine. We had a new driver line-up: Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.
The Australian had spent the previous year learning the ropes as our reserve driver and took part in some races for HRT, whilst the Frenchman was making his debut in the category.
The 2012 Championship began in Australia where the STR7 looked competitive, with Ricciardo immediately scoring points at his home race in Melbourne. Vergne had to wait until the next race in Malaysia to score his first points in Formula 1. After that, we had to settle for several finishes outside the points, battling in a highly competitive midfield.
Things improved halfway through the season: at the Belgian Grand Prix, we ended the points drought with both drivers finishing in the top ten, and then scored points again in Singapore, Japan, Korea and Abu Dhabi. Ricciardo and Vergne totalled 26 points between them which gave us ninth place in the Constructors’ Championship.Discover the 2012 car: STR7