The car is powered by Honda’s new RA619H hybrid engine. This is the first time in four years Toro Rosso have enjoyed continuity in their power unit supplier from one year to the next, having previously switched between Renault and Ferrari.
As parent team Red Bull has joined Toro Rosso is using Honda power, the two teams have been able to share more parts for the upcoming season. F1’s rules set down which parts of a car a team must design itself, but Toro Rosso is now able to obtain more ‘non-listed parts’ from Red Bull.
The junior Red Bull squad finished ninth in the championship last year, ahead of only the struggling Williams outfit. 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.
While Toro Rosso has changed both its drivers for the upcoming season, the line-up is not entirely new. Daniil Kvyat first drove for the team five years ago and is making his return after spending 2018 as one of Ferrari’s simulator drivers.
Kvyat’s team mate is newcomer Alexander Albon, who finished third in Formula Two last year behind fellow 2019 F1 debutants George Russell and Lando Norris. 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.
Pictures: Toro Rosso STR14 launched
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