Jan.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Toro Rosso has announced that its 2012 car will be ready to run on the opening day of official testing at Jerez next month.

Red Bull’s Italian-based rookie team said the Ferrari-powered TR7 passed the last of the FIA’s mandatory crash tests on Thursday.

According to new rules this year, the car is therefore now fit to test at Jerez from 7 February.

“(Now) we can start work on making it quick and reliable,” said Toro Rosso in a statement.

Reports indicate that Australian Daniel Ricciardo – the slightly more experienced of the team’s lineup also featuring rookie Jean-Eric Vergne – will be driving the TR7 on the opening day.

Frenchman Vergne is expected to drive on the last two days of the four-day test.