Red Bull launches Honda-powered RB15 in striking one-off livery

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2019

"So I think it will take time, but both Red Bull and Honda have the same targets and I'm sure they will manage to achieve what they want".

Red Bull will begin the campaign, which starts in Australia on March 14-17, without Renault power for the first time in 13 years as Honda step up into the limelight after a development season with Toro Rosso.

"It was a very positive day so I'm happy", said Verstappen after the car's debut run.

Red Bull Racing has unveiled its Honda-powered RB15, the Formula 1 vehicle with which it will compete in the 2019 season, in a striking "one-off livery".

As has become tradition for the Austrian team, the RB15 made its first appearance clad in a stunning one-off launch livery, a stealthy-looking dark blue colour scheme lit with glowing red chevrons.

The 21-year-old's hopes of a title charge will be determined by the performance and reliability of his team's new engine partner Honda.

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The auto will be driven by Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly this year after Daniel Ricciardo opted to leave the team to join Renault over the winter. "The first two or three weeks feel like they are good to have and then after a break you want to get going".

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

Red Bull won four races in 2018 but believes a works partnership with Honda will boost its chances of challenging Mercedes and Ferrari more consistently, and Verstappen admits working with a new manufacturer is something he is eager to do.

"The RB15 has been unleashed", a statement said. "We're all very positive, but it also needs to take a bit of time".

"We are expecting a lot from Honda and are positive, but it will not be ideal from race one". I am optimistic, but also realistic and only time will tell as to how we will get on. 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.

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