Toro Rosso unveils Honda-powered STR14

  • Toro Rosso unveils Honda-powered STR14

Toro Rosso unveils Honda-powered STR14

Toro Rosso finished ninth in last year's Constructors' Championship, its first campaign with Honda, having occasionally compromised its own prospects to assist the marque's development, in anticipation of its tie with Red Bull.

The auto is powered by Honda's new RA619H hybrid engine.

What's changed at Toro Rosso?

Sitting opposite the Russian in the team's garage this season will be new recruit Alexander Albon.

Toro Rosso has kicked off a busy week in the Formula 1 world by taking the wraps off its Honda-powered STR14.

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".

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.

On the driver front, Red Bull has brought back to the fray 24-year-old Daniil Kvyat, who endured several gyrations between Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso between 2014 and 2017, when he left the Faenza team before the end of that season.

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", he said. "I strongly believe he deserves another chance in Formula 1". I think we're looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused.

With both Red Bull and Toro Rosso now supplied by Honda, the junior bull outfit's STR14 has received its complete rear-end design from Milton Keynes' engineers, with the common componentry making life much easier for Honda.

Red Bull were suitably impressed, following Toro Rosso's lead in switching Renault for Honda power.

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.

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

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

Tost said the new arrangement - which Toro Rosso last used in 2008, when it effectively had an entire auto from Red Bull before that practice was banned - would "leave more time for our technical working groups to focus more on the details". The Englishman is expected to start work at his new team later this year.