Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda team principal Franz Tost has said that his team will have power unit-related components that will be to the “same specification” as its senior Formula 1 team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
Toro Rosso released a teaser video and renders of the new STR14 on Monday, the team’s second car with Honda power.
For 2019, Red Bull have also made the switch from Renault Sport customer units to the Japanese marque, allowing the Red Bull/Toro Rosso partnership to strengthen.
Tost said that the tie-in has allowed the two teams to partly revert back to the philosophy that the Red Bull group held in the fledgling seasons of the Toro Rosso project, with components shared between both outfits.
“[Red Bull brand founder Dietrich] Mateschitz decided to buy our team with the idea to educate young drivers from the Red Bull Driver pool and to use one technology centre to supply expertise and parts for two teams,” said Tost.
“And actually, this is the philosophy we followed until 2010 when the other competitors in the Championship voted for a rule change, which put an end to the project.
“Following this decision, Toro Rosso was forced to create the necessary infrastructures to become a manufacturer team, capable of designing all parts in house,” he continued. “We had to hire many more people and, from around 100 employees at the time, we can now count approximately 400 people, split between the factories in Faenza and Bicester [300 to 100].
“The Synergies project will allow us to aim for a step in performance without increasing the number of people; we will buy some parts and have more minds and hands to design and produce all the others.”
Last month Honda said that Toro Rosso’s use of the Red Bull rear structure, including gearbox casing and rear suspension, will be a “big advantage” in its bid to close the gap to benchmark power unit manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari.
Tost confirmed that components relating to the Honda unit will be the same for Toro Rosso and Red Bull, while the remaining parts that come from Red Bull Technology will be to last year’s standards.
“Components relative to the power unit will be the same specification as Red Bull, to be used within the regulations,” he added. “Most of the remaining parts we receive from Red Bull Technology will be last year’s specifications.
“Toro Rosso, being a smaller team, could not follow the fast development and production process a bigger team can afford, especially considering that the release of the technical drawing could, for whatever reason, be delayed or delivered last minute.”