Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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First pictures: Toro Rosso STR14 2019 F1 auto revealed

First pictures: Toro Rosso STR14 2019 F1 auto revealed

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

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.

And team boss Franz Tost said: "All things considered, the quality of the synergies with Red Bull Technology, the belief in our very high level of in-house technical knowledge, the impressive development trajectory Honda has shown so far, and the couple of strong young drivers we have available make me feel confident".

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

Tost said the new Toro Rosso, called the STR14, features a lot of parts bought from Red Bull that were on the auto which finished third in the constructors' championship and took four wins.

The new auto features the wider front and rear wings that have been mandated this season by F1's rule-makers in an attempt to make the racing closer by allowing cars to follow each other more easily.

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", said Kvyat. "I strongly believe he deserves another chance in Formula 1".

"Toro Rosso, being a smaller team, could not follow the fast development and production process a bigger team can afford, especially considering that the release of the technical drawing could, for whatever reason, be delayed or delivered last-minute". They know what they're doing.

However there were encouraging signs of potential in the Toro Rosso-Honda package, such as Pierre Gasly's excellent fourth place in Bahrain, and the team's sixth and seventh on the grid at Suzuka when Honda introduced a significant power unit upgrade. I think we're looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused.

Also on the move is former technical director James Key, who was placed on gardening leave last July after agreeing to join McLaren in the same role. "I just want to get in the auto and see what happens".

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.

Red Bull's junior team are this year taking advantage of new rules allowing teams to buy parts from rivals.

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