Scuderia Toro Rosso is the second team to take the covers of their 2019 car with no evident changes to their livery we have seen over the past two seasons.
Released online, the STR14 will be joined by their senior team Red Bull Racing running the Honda power unit. They also have two new drivers behind the wheel as Daniil Kvyat makes another return to Toro Rosso alongside rookie Alexander Albon from Formula 2.
“The main thing [to adapt to from Formula 2 to Formula 1] is just the pure speed of the car,” explained Albon ahead of the car launch.
“Obviously, these cars are quicker than ever now, even if speeds might drop a little this year. But in terms of the jump from Formula 2 to Formula 1, it’s really, really big. That’s mainly from the downforce.
“I think the speed won’t be too difficult to deal with, it’s more just the pure width of the car I’ll have to get used to. It’s a nice problem to have!”
The team is still unsure where they will lie on the grid as they continue to work as hard as possible of the back of last season to increase the development of the Honda power unit. Now in their fifth Formula 1 season since their return, Red Bull Racing join the party helping working closer than ever with Toro Rosso and now Honda.
Introducing the STR14! 🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/rfdUoBO29N
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRosso) February 11, 2019
“We don’t know exactly where we’re going to be,” added Kvyat. “Like everyone else, we are working hard to put the best package together and the best thing I can do for myself is to work as hard as possible on myself and on my performance.”
“I believe in the guys in the team. They know what they’re doing. Me and my engineering crew will do everything we can to squeeze the maximum out of the package we’re given by the team. I think we’re looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused. I can see that and it gives me confidence for the future.”
Red Bull Racing release their car two days later on February 13 while Williams Racing also shares today’s date launching their 2019 challenger.
Images via Scuderia Toro Rosso