Red Bull to launch new F1 auto on same day as Mercedes

Rex Christensen
February 8, 2019

Now, Christian Horner feels that Max is the driver that both Lewis and Sebastian fear the most, because of the aggressive driving skills that he possesses.

Verstappen, 21, won two races previous year and will be hoping Honda provide a reliable and powerful engine after the manufacturer's return to Formula One with McLaren ended in divorce at the end of 2017.

"I don't think he lacks anything to take those guys on and he's probably the driver they fear the most".

They also have a changed line-up, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo now donning yellow Renault overalls and replaced by young Frenchman Pierre Gasly alongside Dutch driver Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was the sport's youngest driver when he made his debut with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso as a 17-year-old and the youngest ever victor at 18 at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Red Bull and Verstappen have talked up the new partnership with Honda, after taking digs at Renault previous year and questioning its commitment.

"I think his maturity has increased, we saw that during the course of past year".

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Horner says he has grown in the past year and is "in a better place to deal with the challenges he faces". "He's just much more rounded through experience", added Horner.

Asked about Verstappen's public service punishment for his actions in Brazil, which saw him forced to attend a Formula E race in order to observe the work of the stewards, Horner admitted that it was an enlightening experience for the youngster. "That was actually a useful exercise for him".

"Red Bull Technology have been working with Honda for 12 months now, having supplied the gearbox and drivetrain solution for Toro Rosso". It's also exciting, but that really only comes when I'm in the auto. "To continue to improve, this is the best situation that can happen to me", he said.

Despite the failed McLaren-Honda pairing of 2015-2017, the Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso hailed the Japanese carmaker after working with Honda in 2018. "Communication has been very honest and very open about areas of strength and weakness".

"I think it's a very different scenario". "[We have been in] very much a customer supplier relationship where effectively we were paying for a first class ticket and you get an economy seat".

"We are going to try to win as many races as possible".

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