Toro Rosso launch 2019 STR14 F1 vehicle

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

For 2019 Red Bull has joined Toro Rosso in using Honda power, and Tost believes the senior team's involvement will lead to a more efficient use of its own limited resources, having utilised several 2018-spec Red Bull components on its new auto.

As parent team Red Bull has joined Toro Rosso is using Honda power, the two teams have been able to share more parts for the upcoming season.

Red Bull's junior team are this year taking advantage of new rules allowing teams to buy parts from rivals.

Joy Egginton, deputy technical director of Toro Rosso, told SpeedWeek how the team is working in full cooperation with Red Bull. Check out the new auto from every angle below - do you like it?

Daniil Kvyat returns for his third spell at Toro Rosso following a year away from F1, while the British-born Alexander Albon, who was also previously axed from the Red Bull programme, is ready for his rookie season in the sport. "For our partnership with Toro Rosso, that means finishing higher up in the Constructors' Championship, scoring more points, running more reliably and, maybe even repeating last year's Bahrain result or doing better".

"Compared to other teams, Toro Rosso count on a smaller number of people", said Tost at the launch of Toro Rosso's STR14.

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The new auto features the wider front and rear wings that have been mandated this season by F1's rule-makers in an attempt to make the racing closer by allowing cars to follow each other more easily.

"He showed some very good performances but to perform under pressure is always a challenge, now we can say with hindsight it was just too early".

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. "I believe in the guys in the team".

"Actually, this is the philosophy we followed until 2010 when the other competitors voted for a rule change", said team boss Franz Tost. However, there are fewer variables, and I see this as an opportunity.

Albon, who finished second in Formula 2 previous year, added: "In general, the way I've gone about my career and my racing, is I never set any goals on anything". Every year, it was just each race, take it step by step, focus and race in that session - whatever it would be, practice, qualifying, the race. "I'm just focused on myself and let's see how it all goes".

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