Toro Rosso launches 2019 auto

Scuderia Toro Rosso-HondaScuderia Toro Rosso-Honda

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"In regards to our performance, as is always the case before the start of a season, it's too early to say and we don't want to set a specific target - at least not now", team principal Franz Tost said.

"Although the timescale for some of these changes was tight, and in the short term these changes have generated some extra work, the development rate of the 2019 auto is now strong and responding well to the aero developments being evaluated in CFD and the wind tunnel".

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.

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

The most visible changes to the auto 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. "I strongly believe he deserves another chance in Formula 1". They know what they're doing.

Both teams will have Honda engines after Red Bull Racing ended their partnership with Renault at the end of 2018, with Toro Rosso using some non-listed parts designed for last year's race-winning Red Bull. I think we're looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused.

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. "I just want to get in the auto and see what happens".

Tost added: "Components relative to the power unit will be the same specification as Red Bull Racing, to be used within the regulations". Deputy technical director Jody Eddington said the team has been able to focus more of its attention on certain parts of the auto that deliver extra performance.

Kvyat and Albon replace Pierre Gasly, who has left for Red Bull, and Brendon Hartley, dropped after a disappointing year.

Red Bull's junior team are this year taking advantage of new rules allowing teams to buy parts from rivals.

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

Albon, who finished third in the Formula 2 feeder series a year ago, said: "I'll try not to put too much pressure on myself and give it everything I have from day one".

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