Toro Rosso have unveiled their 2019 Formula 1 car, saying it owes a lot to last year’s Red Bull.
Red Bull’s junior team are this year taking advantage of new rules allowing teams to buy parts from rivals.
The team have a new driver line-up with the return of Russian Daniil Kvyat and a debut for UK-born Thai Alexander Albon.
Team boss Franz Tost said he did not want to set any targets for Toro Rosso but Honda’s F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe said Red Bull’s engine partner was aiming to “achieve better results than in 2018 for both teams”.
Toro Rosso finished ninth in the constructors’ championship last year and achieved a best result of fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix thanks to Pierre Gasly.
Tost said the new Toro Rosso, called the STR14, features a lot of parts bought from Red Bull that were on the car which finished third in the constructors’ championship and took four wins.
Tost said the new arrangement – which Toro Rosso last used in 2008, when it effectively had an entire car from Red Bull before that practice was banned – would “leave more time for our technical working groups to focus more on the details”.
Kvyat returns to F1 a little over a year after being dropped by Red Bull towards the end of the 2017 season following a series of poor performances.
The Russian had initially been promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull for 2014 but was demoted back again after four races in 2016 in a swap with Max Verstappen before being dropped altogether 18 months later.
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