Toro Rosso launches 2019 vehicle

Toro Rosso: New STR14 car features many Red Bull parts for 2019 season

Toro Rosso launch 2019 STR14 F1 car | Formula 1®

Toro Rosso have unveiled their 2019 Formula 1 vehicle, saying it owes a lot to last year's Red Bull.

The Italy-based team, Toro Rosso, has pulled the covers off their 2019 auto, STR14.

"Nothing has changed in terms of the design process of laying the auto out, we just have a few less variables to play with", he said. Hopefully, the auto will be quick and produce decent results for Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon.

What's changed at Toro Rosso?

After the loss of technical director James Key to McLaren, Toro Rosso has chose to form a stronger partnership with its parent company Red Bull.

"The aim is to always improve in order to compete at the highest possible level and this winter we have worked intensively to bring a few organisational changes, which we hope will help smooth a few issues we experienced in the past", said team principal Franz Tost.

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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.

It might be argued that the Haas-Sauber-Toro Rosso model is now the only way for smaller teams to competitively exist.

"I enjoyed my time working with Ferrari, which helped me keep in good shape and in touch with what is going on in Formula 1 on the technical front", said Kvyat, who tested Toro Rosso's 2018 auto during the post-race Abu Dhabi test.

He said: "So, both teams get half the 2018 guys and half new Honda personnel".

In 2019 Toro Rosso will share closer technical ties with the primary Red Bull team, with the two not only sharing Honda's engine package but also gearboxes, rear suspension and some front suspension parts as well as some electronic and hydraulic components. "I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future".

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". Just take it as it is.

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