Toro Rosso look for improvement with new lineup

Doug Mendoza
February 13, 2019

Toro Rosso has more aerodynamic potential with its 2019 auto as a result of its closer relationship with Red Bull this season, according to deputy technical director Jody Egginton.

After the loss of technical director James Key to McLaren, Toro Rosso has chose to form a stronger partnership with its parent company Red Bull.

US-based Haas have led on this approach since 2016 and Toro Rosso see it as a way to better use resources.

The most visible changes to the vehicle from last year's are those mandated by 2019's new technical regulations, including a wider, simplified front wing, smaller barge boards and a higher, wider rear wing.

Toro Rosso are one of the smaller teams on the grid in terms of staff numbers and budget.

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. 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.

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

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Toro Rosso has an all-new driver line-up this year after losing Pierre Gasly to Red Bull and cutting its ties with Brendon Hartley at the end of 2018.

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", he said.

Kvyat, who spent a season as a Ferrari development driver a year ago, said: "Let's just say it's great to be back and it proves you should never give up hope".

He said: "So, both teams get half the 2018 guys and half new Honda personnel".

Kvyat's team mate is newcomer Alexander Albon, who finished third in Formula Two previous year behind fellow 2019 F1 debutants George Russell and Lando Norris.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat says he wants to "let my driving" do the talking, rather than answer any questions about his personal growth during his absence from Formula 1.

"If you start setting long-term goals, you just put unnecessary pressure on yourself".

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