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Red Bull/Honda alignment will boost Toro Rosso - Franz Tost

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       Toro Rosso revealed their new Honda-powered STR14 on Monday ahead of the 2019 F1 season 0:59 Toro Rosso revealed their new Honda-powered STR14 on Monday ahead of the 2019 F1 season
Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 09:53

The STR14 is the second Honda-powered vehicle the team have produced, and features a similar livery design to last year's challenger.

The team have a new driver line-up with the return of Russian Daniil Kvyat and a debut for UK-born Thai Alexander Albon.

Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost believes Honda's new alignment with Red Bull will boost his squad's prospects in Formula 1 this year.

What's changed at Toro Rosso?

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.

The new vehicle features the wider front and rear wings that have been mandated this season by F1's rule-makers in an attempt to make the racing closer by allowing cars to follow each other more easily.

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.

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

Kvyat, who last raced for Toro Rosso in 2017 and spent a year on the sidelines as a Ferrari simulator driver in 2018, is hoping his return to the grid will offer a chance to prove his worth in F1. They know what they're doing. "I just want to get in the vehicle and see what happens".

Toro Rosso linked up with Honda in 2018 but compromised some of its Grands Prix for the sake of the Japanese marque's development programme, and concurrently struggled with its own chassis progress.

Tost added: "Components relative to the power unit will be the same specification as Red Bull Racing, to be used within the regulations".

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".

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