Red Bull unveil new Honda-powered F1 vehicle ahead of 2019 campaign

F1 in 2019: Max Verstappen debuts deceptive Red Bull RB15

F1 in 2019: Max Verstappen debuts deceptive Red Bull RB15

Red Bull have unveiled a striking new livery design on a vehicle they hope will fire them towards a first championship success in six years. Red Bull have confirmed that the "special edition livery" marks a new era where Red Bull and Honda have started to work together. The livery will only be used for launch day, meaning that fans will have to wait to see what the actual livery for 2019 will look like.

Max Verstappen said he was "smiling" after testing his new Red Bull at Silverstone on Wednesday as he plots a way to dethrone world champion Lewis Hamilton.

"You get a first impression and you see if there any little issues with the auto or engine".

Red Bull exploited one of its two authorized filming days to check the systems on its first Honda-powered auto.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull to join Renault with Verstappen, who finished fourth in the drivers' standings previous year, to be partnered by young Frenchman Pierre Gasly.

"I am very excited to get started as the off-season has been quite long", said Verstappen, 21.

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Max Verstappen gave the vehicle its first laps in a shakedown at Silverstone, the first time the team have run a Honda engine. "The first two or three weeks feel like they are good to have and then after a break you want to get going".

After reluctantly climbing out of the auto, the Dutch youngster's first impressions of the RB15 were positive.

"With Honda, we're expecting a lot, we're all very positive but I think it also needs to take a little bit of time, it can not be from race one it will be ideal".

"We are expecting a lot from Honda and are positive, but it will not be ideal from race one".

"At the moment I am of course very optimistic, but also realistic". Now we can go testing properly, we'll see what we can get out of that and we'll be able to understand the vehicle and the engine a bit better.

"Up until Australia you can't really set goals - it's a bit blind".

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