Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14
2019 Formula One tests Barcelona, Kvyat (32341574547).jpg
Daniil Kvyat driving the STR14 during pre-season testing
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorScuderia Toro Rosso
Designer(s)James Key (Technical Director)
PredecessorScuderia Toro Rosso STR13
Technical specifications[1]
Suspension (front)Scuderia Toro Rosso/Red Bull Technology Carbon Composite wishbones with pushrod operated inboard torsion bar and dampers
Suspension (rear)Red Bull Technology Carbon Composite wishbones with Pullrod operated inboard torsion bar and dampers
EngineHonda RA619H 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 rpm in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Electric motorHonda kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems
TransmissionRed Bull Technology Eight-speed sequential, longitudinally mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation
FuelMobil Synergy race fuels
LubricantsMobil 1
BrakesBrembo
TyresPirelli P Zero (dry)
Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
APP-Tech forged magnesium wheels: 13"
Competition history
Notable entrantsRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda
Notable drivers
Debut2019 Australian Grand Prix
Last event2019 United States Grand Prix
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The Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Scuderia Toro Rosso to compete in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.[2] The car was initially driven by Daniil Kvyat, and F1 debutant Alexander Albon.[3] In August 2019, in between the Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix, it was announced that Albon would be promoted to Red Bull Racing for the remainder of the season, while Pierre Gasly would return to Toro Rosso, due to the poor performance of the Frenchman at the senior team Red Bull Racing.[4] The car is the second Toro Rosso car to be powered by a Honda engine,[2] and is the first Toro Rosso car to score a podium finish since the Toro Rosso STR3 of 2008. The car made its debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

Design and development[edit]

The car was launched online, on 11 February 2019.[5] This was the last car to be designed by the outgoing Technical Director of the team, James Key, ahead of his departure to McLaren.[6] The car features a number of shared components with the Red Bull RB15, with the full rear end, including the rear suspension, as well as a number of front suspension components coming from the senior team's car. [7] It had its shakedown completed at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with Daniil Kvyat, and Alexander Albon at the wheel, ahead of pre-season testing, on 13 February 2019.[8]

The online launch specifications appeared to be for a greatly simplified version of the previous year's car, most notably at its front. However, significant changes were observed throughout the remainder of the car. The nose appeared to be the 2018 specification carried from its predecessor due to several cues, such as the thumb tip, louvered mounting pylons and the S-Duct.[9] The monocoque of the car saw the sloped front section become more pronounced, due to the added hump formed over the front suspension rockers, similar to that on the Force India VJM11. The wishbones of the front suspension were lowered compared to the Toro Rosso chassis used for the previous two seasons; previously they had been raised due to aerodynamic reasons.[10] Compared to the rest of the car, the sidepods saw the most number of changes, with the team switching from a conventional sidepod design to a new high-top design that had first been seen on the Ferrari SF70H, before appearing on a number of other cars on the grid.[11]

Competition history[edit]

The car has proven to be more competitive compared to its predecessor, with the car showing much one-lap pace, in Qualifying on Saturday, with the drivers reaching Q3 regularly.[12] The car would receive its first engine upgrade of the year at the power demanding Baku City Circuit, where the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was held, with the upgrade focusing on improving the reliability, as well as power improvements.[13] The team would score its first double points finish for the car at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, with Kvyat in P7 and Albon in P8.[14] At the chaotic 2019 German Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat scored a shock podium for the team, in what was the team's first podium finish since 2008, when Sebastian Vettel won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.[15]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN MEX USA BRA ABU
2019 Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Honda RA619H P Albon 14 9 10 11 11 8 Ret 15 15 12 6 10 64* 7th*
Gasly 9 11 8 14 7 9 16
Kvyat 10 12 Ret Ret 9 7 10 14 17 9 3 15 7 Ret 15 12 10 11 12

* Season still in progress.
Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the winner's race distance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14". Racecar Engineering. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Toro Rosso reveals 2019 F1 challenger in online launch". Crash. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Albon to replace Gasly at Red Bull from Belgium". www.formula1.com. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Toro Rosso launch 2019 STR14 F1 car | Formula 1®". www.formula1.com. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  6. ^ Gilboy, James. "Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda Debuts 2019 Formula 1 Car: STR14". The Drive. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Honda: STR using Red Bull rear end a 'big advantage'". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Kvyat hits the track in new Toro Rosso STR14". Crash. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  9. ^ Scarborough, Craig (11 February 2019). "Toro Rosso STR14 technical analysis". Motorsport Technology. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  10. ^ Petric, Darjan (12 February 2019). "Technical analysis – 2019 F1 Toro Rosso STR14". MAXF1net. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  11. ^ Petric, Darjan (12 February 2019). "Technical analysis – 2019 F1 Toro Rosso STR14". MAXF1net. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  12. ^ Horton, Phillip. "Formula 1: Qualifying progress behind Toro Rosso gains - Daniil Kvyat". Motorsport Week. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Red Bull, Toro Rosso get major Honda engine upgrade for Baku". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Alexander Albon: Finally the result Toro Rosso deserved". PlanetF1. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Kvyat podium a 'reward' for Toro Rosso helping Honda". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

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