First pictures: Toro Rosso STR14 2019 F1 vehicle revealed

Annette Crawford
February 11, 2019

It will not make Toro Rosso into a championship victor, but it should make it a stronger midfielder.

"Although the timescale for some of these changes was tight, and in the short term these changes have generated some extra work, the development rate of the 2019 auto is now strong and responding well to the aero developments being evaluated in CFD and the wind tunnel".

But the Red Bull junior outfit, who finished ninth last season, do have an all-new driver pairing in Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon for the upcoming campaign. 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.

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

The new vehicle 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.

Toro Rosso's unveiling begins a busy week in Formula 1, with the remainder of the teams set to launch their 2019 programmes in the build-up to the start of testing next Monday.

Those "strong young drivers" for 2019 will be Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon - and both will doubtless be pleasantly surprised to find themselves in the positions they're in now, given that Kvyat lost his drive with Toro Rosso before the end of the 2017 season, while Alexander Albon was dropped from Red Bull's junior programme all the way back in 2012.

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", said Kvyat. They know what they're doing. "I just want to get in the vehicle and see what happens".

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.

The senior Red Bull team will also be powered by Honda this year, opening up more opportunities for Toro Rosso to share certain parts under the FIA's "listed parts" regulations.

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

His first ended when he was promoted to Red Bull in 2015 to replace Sebastian Vettel, but he returned just over a year later after struggling to impress.

Red Bull's junior team are this year taking advantage of new rules allowing teams to buy parts from rivals.

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