Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2018

Toro Rosso announce earliest car launch date yet

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Toro Rosso is leading the race to be the first Formula 1 team to launch its new car for 2019.

The team has confirmed it will reveal its STR14 on February 11th. A social media post indicated the new car will be shown for the first time in an online event.

Toro Rosso has an all-new driver line-up for the 2019 F1 season, with Daniil Kvyat returning alongside Alexander Albon. The team, which finished ninth in the 2018 constructors’ championship, will use Honda power for the second year.

The Toro Rosso announcement means six F1 teams have confirmed their 2019 launch plans. Renault and Force India will hold ‘season launches’ on the 12th and 13th of February respectively, but have not indicated they will present their new cars at them.

McLaren and Ferrari will launch their new cars on the 14th and 15th, and Sauber will presents their 2019 challenger on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Mercedes, Red Bull, Haas and Williams are yet to confirm any launch plans for the new season.

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7 comments on “Toro Rosso announce earliest car launch date yet”

  1. I thought they already announced it last year with their parent company. The just need to change the front wing.

    1. Nope they will use for the first time a lot of parts from red bull. So lots of people will be very interested in the geometry I. E.

  2. Torro Rosso – First car launch, first engine penalty, first driver change?

    1. @joeypropane The last of those three probably.

      1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
        27th January 2019, 9:26


        I doubt that. The team boss effectively said that Kvyat is gone for good and will not return when he was kicked out. It takes more than just not having an option of many drivers to grab him back again. There is more to it. I think he will have seen something good about what he did at Ferrari.

    2. They could promote Daniil up to RBR and get Gasly back half way through the season.
      Then drop Alex before he’s had a chance to prove himself, and recruit someone from WEC.
      “Redbull gives you P45”

  3. Too bad a car launch isn’t the equivalent of starting the season, 2 weeks would be really a short time to wait for 2019 season!

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