Toro Rosso begin their second season with Honda power as they look to fight at the top of the midfield battle in 2019.
Daniil Kvyat returns to Toro Rosso as he begins his third stint with the team, the experienced Russian has a lot to prove this year in what is likely his last chance to make a success in Formula One.
Alexander Albon will make his Formula One debut after impressing in Formula 2 last season. After a late call to the team following negotiations with Nissan e.dams to break him from his contract Alex hadn’t turned a wheel in a Formula One car prior to the shakedown in Misano. Alex impressed in winter testing despite his lack of experience and is one of our drivers to watch in 2019.
Outside of their driver lineup change there are some changes revolving the technical structure of the team. Jody Egginton replaces James Key as Toro Rosso’s technical directors with James Key heading to McLaren at the end of the month.
Toro Rosso will also benefit from a close technical relationship with sister team Red Bull. Toro Rosso will use the same gearbox and rear suspension with Red Bull as well as having a shared engine partner with Honda. This allows the team to focus more on aerodynamic development as well as working with a rear end that works for Red Bull.
2019 can be a good year for Toro Rosso, the Honda power unit is getting better and better. They will also benefit from a close relationship with Red Bull, their car has looked okay on track if not hard to read, some are putting them near the front of the mid field and some further down.
Toro Rosso has a very strong driver lineup with a highly rated Alexander Albon and a rejuvenated Daniil Kvyat, Renault will be hard to beat over an entire season but Toro Rosso has the capacity to fight for 5th in the constructor’s championship this season.
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