Toro Rosso look for improvement with new lineup

Heather Diaz
February 13, 2019

The STR14 that Alexander Albon and Daniil Kvyat will drive in F1 this year was launched overnight with the teams distinctive metallic Blue and Red livery.

Red Bull has joined its junior team in using Honda power units from 2019 onward, resulting in the two teams sharing more parts through Red Bull Technology.

Toro Rosso has more aerodynamic potential with its 2019 vehicle as a result of its closer relationship with Red Bull this season, according to deputy technical director Jody Egginton.

On the outside, the vehicle largely looks the same in terms of the livery. "However, within the framework of a fixed amount of available resource, this can provide an opportunity as it allows more focus on other areas of the vehicle concept which in turn can bring performance".

"As is always the case before the start of a season, it's too early to say and we don't want to set a specific target - at least not now", team principal Franz Tost said.

Toro Rosso revealed their STR14 yesterday and are ready for winter testing to begin on February the 18th.

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Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso act as a feeder team to former champions Red Bull Racing, both of whose drivers Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly graduated from Tost's outfit. Me and my engineering crew will do everything we can to squeeze the maximum out of the package we're given by the team.

With his progress stagnating, Kvyat was dropped by the Red Bull before the conclusion of the 2017 season, but a lull in the energy drink company's young driver programme decided Helmut Marko to award the 24-year-old Russian with a second chance. "I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future".

Kvyat enjoyed a rapid run up the motorsport ladder, reaching F1 with Toro Rosso in 2014 before he was promoted the following year to Red Bull Racing.

Albon, who finished third in the Formula 2 feeder series a year ago, said: "I'll try not to put too much pressure on myself and give it everything I have from day one".

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", he admits. Just take it as it is.

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