Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Red Bull unveils its first Honda-powered F1 car

Red Bull unveils its first Honda-powered F1 car

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

Red Bull unleashed a special-edition livery with the revamped paint job featuring substantially more red, but it is understood the former world champions will revert to their normal colours in time for the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 17.

The RB15, side view.

Honda's ability to produce an engine that is powerful and reliable enough is considered key to Red Bull's hopes of fighting Mercedes and Ferrari, given the Adrian Newey-led design team's chassis record. However, the shift from Renault to Honda is supposed to sort out all Red Bull issues and put them in contention for a title.

The vehicle 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.

Eagerly watching Verstappen's runs at the British Grand Prix venue were his new team mate Pierre Gasly and Team Principal Christian Horner, who underlined the importance of the filming day to the new car's development.

Verstappen, 21, endured an error-prone start to his last campaign, but only Hamilton scored more points than the Dutchman during an impressive second half of the season.

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

"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".

"We are expecting a lot", said Verstappen.

"Of course today is all about filming, but it's also a really valuable opportunity to check that all the systems work and that the auto is fundamentally in good shape before we head to Barcelona next week where hopefully it will be a bit warmer!" said team boss Christian Horner.

"You get a first impression and you see if there any little issues with the vehicle or engine. In Formula One, it is so related to the package so at this stage I am quite easy going".

The vehicle was launched in a striking dark blue and red colour scheme which the team confirmed was just for the RB15's first shakedown at Silverstone on Wednesday.

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