Toro Rosso look for improvement with new lineup

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

Toro Rosso revealed their new Honda-powered STR14 on Monday ahead of the 2019 F1 season.

With Ferrari moving closer to Sauber-Alfa Romeo and Haas buying many parts from Maranello, the rules now allow Red Bull and Toro Rosso to also collaborate more closely.

What's changed at Toro Rosso?

Now that Honda is officially supplying two teams, Toro Rosso team manager Graham Watson said the use of its new recruits effectively amounts to "we keep 50% of the Honda personnel who worked with us in 2018, and Red Bull gets the other 50%". 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. However, the sidepod inlets have also been revised from last year's STR13 and now follow the design trend led by Ferrari in recent years.

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The Russian had initially been promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull for 2014 but was demoted back again after four races in 2016 in a swap with Max Verstappen before being dropped altogether 18 months later. Albon had a contract to drive for Nissan's Formula E team this season, but scrapped the deal after he was offered the chance to return to the Red Bull fold for the first time since losing his place on their junior driver programme in 2012.

"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 vehicle during the post-race Abu Dhabi test.

"I don't want to say whether I've changed or not. I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future".

Albon, who raced in Formula Two a year ago, said he would be taking the season step by step and not setting any long-term goals either. "But in terms of the jump from Formula 2 to Formula 1, it's really, really big", Albon said. 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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