Toro Rosso have released the first images of their 2019 car to kick off Formula 1’s eagerly-anticipated ‘launch week’.
The STR14 is the second Honda-powered car the team have produced, with the first images released on social media.
The challenger features 2019’s biggest two design changes aimed at improving overtaking – a wider and simplified front wing, and higher rear wing.
By the end of this week nine of F1’s 10 teams will have either revealed their all-new car in full, or their 2019 livery, ahead of the start of winter testing at Barcelona next Monday.
What’s changed at Toro Rosso?
Daniil Kvyat returns for his third spell at Toro Rosso following a year away from F1, while the British-born Alexander Albon, who was also previously axed from the Red Bull programme, is ready for his rookie season in the sport.
The Red Bull junior team endured one of their worst seasons in F1 last year, finishing ninth and only ahead of Williams after an inconsistent start to life with Honda engines.
Their 2018 campaign was heavily compromised by grid penalties – no team took more than Toro Rosso – but there was also marked improvement in the Honda power unit towards the end of the season.
Red Bull were suitably impressed, following Toro Rosso’s lead in switching Renault for Honda power.
Kvyat and Albon replace Pierre Gasly, who has left for Red Bull, and Brendon Hartley, dropped after a disappointing year.
Also on the move is former technical director James Key, who was placed on gardening leave last July after agreeing to join McLaren in the same role. The Englishman is expected to start work at his new team later this year.
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