Red Bull/Honda alignment will boost Toro Rosso - Franz Tost

Toro Rosso: New STR14 car features many Red Bull parts for 2019 season

Toro Rosso: New STR14 car features many Red Bull parts for 2019 season

Toro Rosso have unveiled their 2019 Formula 1 auto, saying it owes a lot to last year's Red Bull.

F1's rules set down which parts of a auto a team must design itself, but Toro Rosso is now able to obtain more "non-listed parts" from Red Bull.

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

And team boss Franz Tost said: "All things considered, the quality of the synergies with Red Bull Technology, the belief in our very high level of in-house technical knowledge, the impressive development trajectory Honda has shown so far, and the couple of strong young drivers we have available make me feel confident".

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

Kvyat, who last raced for Toro Rosso in 2017 and spent a year on the sidelines as a Ferrari simulator driver in 2018, is hoping his return to the grid will offer a chance to prove his worth in F1.

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.

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 blue, silver and red auto, whose unveiling came after Haas F1's livery launch last week (shown below), reflected new aerodynamic restrictions with a simpler front wing and barge-board arrangement.

For 2019 Red Bull has joined Toro Rosso in using Honda power, and Tost believes the senior team's involvement will lead to a more efficient use of its own limited resources, having utilised several 2018-spec Red Bull components on its new auto. He served as a development driver for Scuderia Ferrari in 2018 but signed back with the RBR organization late past year. "I just want to get in the auto and see what happens".

Kvyat's team mate is newcomer Alexander Albon, who finished third in Formula Two a year ago behind fellow 2019 F1 debutants George Russell and Lando Norris. Every year, it was just each race, take it step by step, focus and race in that session - whatever it would be, practice, qualifying, the race.

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