Toro Rosso launch 2019 STR14 F1 auto

Scuderia Toro Rosso-HondaScuderia Toro Rosso-Honda

Scuderia Toro Rosso-HondaScuderia Toro Rosso-Honda

"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.

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", said Kvyat.

Kvyat enjoyed a rapid run up the motorsport ladder, reaching F1 with Toro Rosso in 2014 before he was promoted the following year to Red Bull Racing.

Now that Honda is officially supplying two teams, Toro Rosso team manager Graham Watson said the use of its new recruits effectively amounts to "we keep 50% of the Honda personnel who worked with us in 2018, and Red Bull gets the other 50%". "For our partnership with Toro Rosso, that means finishing higher up in the Constructors' Championship, scoring more points, running more reliably and, maybe even repeating last year's Bahrain result or doing better".

"Yes, there has been an evolution from the auto that I last drove for Toro Rosso, but things haven't changed dramatically so I was able to pick it up, not exactly from where I left off, but I was still pretty much in the loop with everything". In that respect, we're excited to join Toro Rosso and Red Bull Technology.

"He had to live through a hard time when he joined us again in 2016 - it was psychologically tough, but no one has ever doubted his driving skills". However, the sidepod inlets have also been revised from last year's STR13 and now follow the design trend led by Ferrari in recent years. "I just want to get in the vehicle and see what happens".

Albon, who raced in Formula Two previous year, said he would be taking the season step by step and not setting any long-term goals either.

"My last race was 2017, then I was back a year after, pretty much".

Albon is the first Thai driver in F1 since Prince Birabongse Bhanudej, who raced in the 1950s. "But in terms of the jump from Formula 2 to Formula 1, it's really, really big", Albon said. "It's been a long time since there's been a Thai in Formula 1 and I'm just hoping to do everyone proud".

"The way I've gone about my career and my racing is I never set any goals on anything. I'm just focused on myself and let's see how it all goes".

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