Toro Rosso passes mandatory FIA crash tests

Published on 11 Jan 2019 13:08

Toro Rosso has confirmed that its 2019 challenger, the STR14, has successfully passed the FIA crash tests. The tests are carried out every winter on the new cars to ensure they can take the impact of a heavy collision.

A total of 21 tests are performed across three different areas; dynamic (moving) tests, static load tests and rollover tests.13 of these are static load tests which examines sturdy pressure applied to essential parts of the chassis, including the front, side and rear structures, the floor, the side of the nose mounts, and the chassis’ sides at leg and seat levels.

Toro Rosso will field a new line-up for the 2019 season, with Daniil Kvyat returning after spending a year as Ferrari's development driver. He will be joined rookie Alexander Albon, who spent the last two seasons in Formula 2. 

The Red Bull junior squad has not yet announced when it will launch the car to the public, however traditionally it has left the car under wraps until the last couple of days building-up to pre-season testing before unveiling it in the paddock. 


2019 Car Launch Dates
Team Date Venue
Mercedes TBC  
Ferrari Friday, February 15th TBC
Red Bull TBC  
Renault Tuesday, February 12th Enstone
Haas  TBC  
McLaren Thursday, February 14th TBC
Racing Point Wednesday, February 13th Toronto
Sauber TBC  
Toro Rosso TBC  
Williams TBC  


Replies (6)
SE calle.itw 11 Jan 2019 17:330
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Historically, has passing the crash test early been an adequate indicator for a good chassis?
NL michielhimself 11 Jan 2019 22:380
Posts: 96
Not that I'm aware but failing the crash test often has been an adequate indicator for a horrendous chassis ;-)
Posts: 190
So hard to get stats on that.
My assumption is that the chassis is finalised for the first 3 races, then they tweak the upper aero and drive train.
SE calle.itw 11 Jan 2019 23:060
Posts: 5898
Not necessarily, we'd just have to check earlier years which teams passed the tests first and plot that to their in-season result, and maybe account for incidents that arent due to chassis problems. That sounds like too much work for my lazy bum though.
Posts: 190
Good thing ... The "Torpedo" is back. ... Must keep him safe !!!
SE calle.itw 12 Jan 2019 08:260
Posts: 5898
It aint about keeping him safe. My sources tell me RB is intending to use him as a battering ram: he'll plow through as many rivals as possible to leave an open corridor for Max and Gasly.

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