Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda Debuts 2019 Formula 1 Car: STR14

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 12, 2019

"Although the timescale for some of these changes was tight, and in the short term these changes have generated some extra work, the development rate of the 2019 vehicle is now strong and responding well to the aero developments being evaluated in CFD and the wind tunnel".

The Red Bull junior team endured one of their worst seasons in F1 past year, finishing ninth and only ahead of Williams after an inconsistent start to life with Honda engines.

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.

Toro Rosso's new lineup will be experienced Russian Daniil Kvyat, who was both promoted and dropped by the team before securing a comeback seat, and British-born Thai newcomer Alexander Albon.

The most visible changes to the vehicle 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.

What's changed at Toro Rosso?

"A number of changes have been put in place regarding how we develop the 2019 vehicle, including the approach to how we develop the auto aerodynamically", Egginton said. They know what they're doing.

Kvyat, who last raced for Toro Rosso in 2017 and spent a year on the sidelines as a Ferrari simulator driver in 2018, is hoping his return to the grid will offer a chance to prove his worth in F1. I think we're looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused.

This season will see one returning driver and one rookie making up a different driver line-up compared to 2018, with Daniil Kvyat back at Toro Rosso after a year out. "I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future". This is the first time in four years Toro Rosso have enjoyed continuity in their power unit supplier from one year to the next, having previously switched between Renault and Ferrari. Deputy technical director Jody Eddington said the team has been able to focus more of its attention on certain parts of the vehicle that deliver extra performance.

Tost said the new arrangement - which Toro Rosso last used in 2008, when it effectively had an entire vehicle from Red Bull before that practice was banned - would "leave more time for our technical working groups to focus more on the details". The Englishman is expected to start work at his new team later this year.

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