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Toro Rosso look for improvement with new line-up

12 February, 2019, 23:50 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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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 vehicle.

The Red Bull junior team endured one of their worst seasons in F1 a year ago, finishing ninth and only ahead of Williams after an inconsistent start to life with Honda engines. The Englishman is expected to start work at his new team later this year.

Joy Egginton, deputy technical director of Toro Rosso, told SpeedWeek how the team is working in full cooperation with Red Bull.

The team have a new driver line-up with the return of Russian Daniil Kvyat and a debut for UK-born Thai Alexander Albon.

What's changing on new cars? "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".

Toro Rosso are one of the smaller teams on the grid in terms of staff numbers and budget.

The new Toro Rosso vehicle features 2019's biggest two design changes aimed at improving overtaking - a wider and simplified front wing, and higher rear wing.

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"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", commented team principal Franz Tost in a statement.

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.

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

"If I was a dictator, which I never was, I would take the FOM money and give - to just name a figure - $60 million to each team".

"We don't know exactly where we're going to be", he admits. "I just want to get in the vehicle and see what happens". 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".

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