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Toro Rosso look for improvement with new lineup

Toro Rosso look for improvement with new lineup

"We don't want to set a specific target - at least not now." said Toro Rosso Team Principal, Franz Tost.

Daniil Kvyat returns for his third spell at Toro Rosso following a year away from F1, while the British-born Alexander Albon, who was also previously axed from the Red Bull programme, is ready for his rookie season in the sport.

"I enjoyed my time working with Ferrari, which helped me keep in good shape and in touch with what is going on in Formula 1 on the technical front", said Kvyat, who tested Toro Rosso's 2018 vehicle during the post-race Abu Dhabi test.

Kvyat, who last raced for Toro Rosso in 2017 and spent a year on the sidelines as a Ferrari simulator driver in 2018, is hoping his return to the grid will offer a chance to prove his worth in F1.

Now that Honda is officially supplying two teams, Toro Rosso team manager Graham Watson said the use of its new recruits effectively amounts to "we keep 50% of the Honda personnel who worked with us in 2018, and Red Bull gets the other 50%".

Toro Rosso finished ninth in the constructors' championship previous year and achieved a best result of fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix thanks to Pierre Gasly.

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Toro Rosso duly boosted its workforce from 100 to 400 employees, but from 2019, the Faenza based team will be working much more closely with Red Bull once again.

It might be argued that the Haas-Sauber-Toro Rosso model is now the only way for smaller teams to competitively exist.

"He had to live through a hard time when he joined us again in 2016 - it was psychologically tough, but no one has ever doubted his driving skills".

"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".

Kvyat, who spent a season as a Ferrari development driver a year ago, said: "Let's just say it's great to be back and it proves you should never give up hope".

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. "I'm just focused on myself and let's see how it all goes".

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