The 2019 Formula 1 season was the fifth year of the hybrid era. Our STR14 was again powered by Honda who, for the first time, were also providing the power for Red Bull Racing.
The technical regulations for 2019 introduced a series of aerodynamic changes aimed at producing closer racing. The biggest change was to the wings, both front and rear, which became a bit bigger and taller, with a more simplified aerodynamic profile. The aim of these modifications was to minimise as much as possible the turbulence created by the car to allow the cars to run closer to each other, creating more exciting battles.
From the beginning of the year, our driver line-up was Daniil Kvyat and the Thai rookie Alexander Albon. From the opening races it was clear that the car was competitive and able to fight for points. In seven of the first 10 outings, at least one of our cars finished inside the top ten. The first big cause for celebration came in Hockenheim at the German GP, where Daniil Kvyat secured the Scuderia’s second ever podium finish and Albon crossed the finish line in sixth.
From the Belgian GP, Albon moved to Red Bull Racing and Pierre Gasly came back to race with us once again. He too finished on the podium, finishing second at the Brazilian GP, after an epic head-to-head battle with Hamilton in the final run up to the chequered flag. The team ended the 2019 championship in sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship, emulating our best result to date in 2008. Discover the 2019 car: STR14