Toro Rosso has taken the covers off its 2019 challenger as Red Bull’s junior team revealed the striking STR14 in an online launch.
The Faenza-based outfit enters its second season powered by Honda after switching to the Japanese manufacturer’s power unit in 2018.
The team has chosen to stick with a blue, silver and red colour scheme that it introduced in 2017, with the aim to improve on last year’s lowly ninth-place in the standings.
“The aim is to always improve in order to compete at the highest possible level and this winter we have worked intensively to bring a few organisational changes, which we hope will help smooth a few issues we experienced in the past,” said team principal Franz Tost.
“We have analysed all the internal procedures in order to optimise our strengths and minimise our weaknesses.
“Compared to other teams, Toro Rosso count on a smaller number of people, but the synergies with Red Bull Technology for the non-listed parts, now that Red Bull will also be equipped with the Honda engine, will leave more time for our technical working groups to focus more on the details.
“Attention to detail makes the difference and this translates to more performance.”
Toro Rosso fields a new driver line-up this season, with Daniil Kvyat returning to Formula 1 after a year out and proven Formula 2 race winner Alexander Albon teaming up with the Russian.
With Red Bull using Honda engines for the first time this year, both teams are expected to share the same specification of components, but Tost revealed that it wouldn’t be able to match the works team’s development rate.
“We have very good technical people to follow the in-house design, and the reliability of last year’s synergy project parts will put us in a more favourable situation to develop quicker during the season,” he added.