Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Toro Rosso unveil STR14 in online launch

Toro Rosso unveil STR14 in online launch

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

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.

"The chassis itself, as per regulations, is a complete Toro Rosso design and IP as is the front outboard suspension, along with all aspects of the cooling systems, power unit installation and steering column".

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. Deputy technical director Jody Eddington said the team has been able to focus more of its attention on certain parts of the auto that deliver extra performance.

Kvyat, who spent a season as a Ferrari development driver past year, said: "Let's just say it's great to be back and it proves you should never give up hope".

Kvyat returns to F1 a little over a year after being dropped by Red Bull towards the end of the 2017 season following a series of poor performances.

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.

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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.

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

"If I was a dictator, which I never was, I would take the FOM money and give - to just name a figure - $60 million to each team".

"I know there's been a lot of speculation about this and whether I've matured or not and so on, but I prefer to let my driving on the track answer".

Albon, who finished second in Formula 2 past year, added: "In general, the way I've gone about my career and my racing, is I never set any goals on anything. It's my opportunity this year to show everyone what I've got". "But in terms of the jump from Formula 2 to Formula 1, it's really, really big", Albon said.

"If you start setting long-term goals, you just put unnecessary pressure on yourself".

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