Toro Rosso to benefit from "fewer variables" on 2019 vehicle

Toro Rosso to benefit from

"Nothing has changed in terms of the design process of laying the vehicle out", said Toro Rosso's deputy technical director Jody Egginton, as the team unveiled its 2019 auto.

The junior Red Bull squad finished ninth in the championship a year ago, ahead of only the struggling Williams outfit.

"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".

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%".

Toro Rosso revealed their STR14 yesterday and are ready for winter testing to begin on February the 18th.

Both of the team's drivers return to the Red Bull programme after being dropped, Kvyat returns for his third stint with the team.

The STR14 that Alexander Albon and Daniil Kvyat will drive in F1 this year was launched overnight with the teams distinctive metallic Blue and Red livery. "For our partnership with Toro Rosso, that means finishing higher up in the Constructors' Championship, scoring more points, running more reliably and, maybe even repeating last year's Bahrain result or doing better".

Toro Rosso has an all-new driver line-up this year after losing Pierre Gasly to Red Bull and cutting its ties with Brendon Hartley at the end of 2018. 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.

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

"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".

But the Russian was quick to play down any talk of his own personality, commenting: "I don't want to say whether I've changed or not. I just want to get in the auto and see what happens".

"My last race was 2017, then I was back a year after, pretty much".

Albon, who was born in London, said: "It's a big deal for me to be a Thai driver".