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

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

After five years without championship success, Red Bull is switching from Renault power to Honda this year.

"What I'm most looking forward to is starting the season and seeing how the whole team is operating together with Honda and how the engine is performing together with the chassis", said Verstappen ahead of the initial limited mileage filming day.

Red Bull have conceded that Honda have been tirelessly working through the winter and the 2019 vehicle could maybe bridge the gap between Red Bull and the top 2 teams.

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

Toro Rosso finished ninth of 10 teams past year with the Honda engine but Red Bull has sounded optimistic about the progress made by the Japanese manufacturer.

"I want to get the best out of myself, but you have to see what the auto and engine are going to do".

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Red Bull Racing star Max Verstappen is excited to start another season with the Austrian team, but the 21-year-old did caution that it might take some time for Red Bull and new engine partner Honda to hit their stride.

The team's new addition to its driver line-up, Pierre Gasly, arrives from junior squad Toro Rosso, which used Honda's power units last season. 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. I am optimistic, but also realistic and only time will tell as to how we will get on.

"There are a lot of things you need to understand about them, and I had the chance to be there and be in the country to learn this, so for sure, I think on this side, this will help the relation I will have with the engineers".

"Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport".

The Silver Arrows and Red Bull will share use of Silverstone on Wednesday for shakedown runs of their 2019 cars.

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