Toro Rosso launches 2019 vehicle

Daniil Kvyat's helmet Scuderia Toro Rosso-HondaAlexander Albon's helmet Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda

What's changing on new cars?

While Toro Rosso has changed both its drivers for the upcoming season, the line-up is not entirely new. The STR14 will be driven by the returning Russian driver Daniil Kvyat and rookie Alexander Albon this year.

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 has retained its familiar Red Bull blue and red livery but obviously sports all the tell-tale signs of a 2019 racer with the simplified front wing, larger rear wing and modified sidepods.

The Red Bull junior team endured one of their worst seasons in F1 past year, finishing ninth and only ahead of Williams after an inconsistent start to life with Honda engines.

"As is always the case before the start of a season, we don't want to set a specific target - at least not now". 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.

"A number of changes have been put in place regarding how we develop the 2019 auto, including the approach to how we develop the vehicle aerodynamically", Egginton said.

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Team boss Franz Tost refrained from making any bold statements about the squad's new contender, but the Austrian believes his team has produced a good overall package. Me and my engineering crew will do everything we can to squeeze the maximum out of the package we're given by the team. "I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future".

Their 2018 campaign was heavily compromised by grid penalties - no team took more than Toro Rosso - but there was also marked improvement in the Honda power unit towards the end of the season.

With technical director James Key on "gardening leave" ahead of a move to McLaren, deputy technical director Jody Egginton says the STR14 was developed under a new approach.

Tost said the new arrangement - which Toro Rosso last used in 2008, when it effectively had an entire vehicle from Red Bull before that practice was banned - would "leave more time for our technical working groups to focus more on the details".

Toro Rosso finished ninth in the constructors' championship previous year and achieved a best result of fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix thanks to Pierre Gasly.

Kvyat and Albon replace Pierre Gasly, who has left for Red Bull, and Brendon Hartley, dropped after a disappointing year. The Englishman is expected to start work at his new team later this year.

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