Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon will drive the STR14 for the 2019 Formula 1 season.
Last season was the Red Bull junior team’s first campaign with Honda power, and while Pierre Gasly finished fourth in Bahrain – equalling the team’s best ever result aside from Sebastian Vettel’s win at Monza in 2008 – the squad compared with the previous year dropped two places in the constructors’ standings to ninth, and its points total also dropped from 53 to 33.
Updated: Team principal Franz Tost commented on the team’s 2019 preparations in a statement issued on Monday.
“Compared to other teams, Toro Rosso counts on a smaller number of people, but the synergies with Red Bull technology for the non-listed parts, now that Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will also be equipped with the Honda engine, will leave more time for our technical working groups to focus more on the details” said Tost.
“We can now count approximately 400 people, split between the factories in Faenza and Bicester (300/100). The Synergies project [working with Red Bull] will allow us to aim for a step in performance without increasing the number of people; we will buy some parts and have more minds and hands to design and produce all the others.”
This year the Red Bull team joins Toro Rosso in using Honda power.
“Components relative to the power unit will be the same specification as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, to be used within the regulations,” explained Tost.
“Most of the remaining parts we receive from Red Bull Technology will be last year’s specifications. Scuderia 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.”