How Toro Rosso's design gap to Red Bull is closing

Silvia Morton
February 13, 2019

Alexander Albon has said that his time testing a Formula E vehicle was beneficial as the Toro Rosso driver prepares for his first Formula 1 season.

"The "rear end" has been provided by Red Bull Technology and the key change for Toro Rosso, being that we are taking a gearbox casing and rear suspension although numerous internals of the gearbox are similar to parts we have used in the past".

While Toro Rosso has changed both its drivers for the upcoming season, the line-up is not entirely new.

Tost said the new Toro Rosso, called the STR14, features a lot of parts bought from Red Bull that were on the auto which finished third in the constructors' championship and took four wins.

It might be argued that the Haas-Sauber-Toro Rosso model is now the only way for smaller teams to competitively exist.

The new auto features the wider front and rear wings that have been mandated this season by F1's rule-makers in an attempt to make the racing closer by allowing cars to follow each other more easily.

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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". Daniil Kvyat first drove for the team five years ago and is making his return after spending 2018 as one of Ferrari's simulator drivers.

The senior Red Bull team will also be powered by Honda this year, opening up more opportunities for Toro Rosso to share certain parts under the FIA's "listed parts" regulations.

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

But the Russian was quick to play down any talk of his own personality, commenting: "I don't want to say whether I've changed or not. I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future".

Albon, who finished second in Formula 2 previous year, added: "In general, the way I've gone about my career and my racing, is I never set any goals on anything".

"My last race was 2017, then I was back a year after, pretty much. But in terms of the jump from Formula 2 to Formula 1, it's really, really big", Albon said. Just take it as it is.

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