Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Toro Rosso launches 2019 auto

Toro Rosso launches 2019 auto

The STR14 is the second Honda-powered auto the team have produced, and features a similar livery design to last year's challenger.

The most visible changes to the auto from last year's are those mandated by 2019's new technical regulations, including a wider, simplified front wing, smaller barge boards and a higher, wider rear wing.

"The "rear end" has been provided by Red Bull Technology and the key change for Toro Rosso, being that we are taking a gearbox casing and rear suspension although numerous internals of the gearbox are similar to parts we have used in the past".

US-based Haas have led on this approach since 2016 and Toro Rosso see it as a way to better use resources.

Toro Rosso fields a new driver line-up this season, with Daniil Kvyat returning to Formula 1 after a year out and proven Formula 2 race victor Alexander Albon teaming up with the Russian. Daniil Kvyat first drove for the team five years ago and is making his return after spending 2018 as one of Ferrari's simulator drivers.

"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", commented team principal Franz Tost in a statement. In that respect, we're excited to join Toro Rosso and Red Bull Technology.

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", said Kvyat.

He said: "So, both teams get half the 2018 guys and half new Honda personnel". I think we're looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused.

The Red Bull junior team endured one of their worst seasons in F1 a year ago, finishing ninth and only ahead of Williams after an inconsistent start to life with Honda engines. "I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future".

There is also an increase in personnel at Honda's research and development facilities in Sakura and Milton Keynes to develop and prepare twice the number of engines, and Honda has "strengthened the functionality" of its mission control rooms at those locations to deal with working for two teams on race weekends. "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". The Englishman is expected to start work at his new team later this year.

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