Red Bull 2019 F1 vehicle launch

F1 in 2019: Max Verstappen debuts deceptive Red Bull RB15

Red Bull has released the first images of its Honda-powered RB15, launching the 2019 vehicle in what the team describes as a one-off livery.

Red Bull have dished out a new and refreshing livery for the winter testing next week.

Red Bull's RB15 is the successor to a RB14 vehicle which finished last season battling for victories, with Verstappen, who won twice in 2018, widely tipped to challenge multiple champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. However, the press images still show how tightly Red Bull has managed to package its new Honda engine behind the driver. "It felt good and we had no problems, so very happy with that".

The Japanese manufacture's unit replaces Renault - Red Bull's long-standing engine supplier, and the jury is still out as to how efficient its progress has been over the winter and whether it will be able to deliver a winning product to the very ambitious Red Bull/Max Verstappen combo.

Over the course of six runs at the Northamptonshire circuit, the new charger performed faultlessly, with Max Verstappen completing 39 laps as the team performed a battery of systems checks ahead of next week's first test in Barcelona.

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It feels like a real privilege - so many people have worked together to form that vehicle and you know how much hard work has gone into it.

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"I guess up until Australia you can't really set goals", said Verstappen. "I really want to feel how it upshifts, downshifts, how the driveability is, how much power there is. And from there onwards, you just start to work together with the vehicle [to see] what you can improve".

"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 flawless". Luckily we didn't have any and it's very positive that we had this opportunity.

Red Bull describes the RB15 as the auto that "drives the team into a new era" with Honda and the arrival of Pierre Gasly alongside Verstappen. But then after, for sure, we need to give them time as well. Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport.

What do you make of the new Red Bull challenger and do you think Honda will help them scale new heights this season?

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