Red Bull unveil livery change on new F1 auto for 2019

Lynette Rowe
February 13, 2019

The 2019 Red Bull vehicle is the first to be made since the former world champions formed a partnership with new power providers Honda.

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

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.

"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 ideal".

A tumultuous relationship with Renault, that yielded success at the start but an increasing number of reliability issues towards the end, was brought to a close, with Red Bull opting for a bold new future with Honda, despite the Japanese manufacturer being fourth and last in the engine pecking order. 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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Red Bull exploited one of its two authorized filming days to check the systems on its first Honda-powered auto. "Now we've got eight days' of testing ahead and it's important that we maximise track time and get as much out of that process as possible prior to the first race of the new season in Melbourne".

Verstappen has won five races in the two and a half years he's spent at Red Bull Racing.

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. "At the moment, I am of course very optimistic, but also realistic and I think time will tell how we are going to perform".

Both drivers are at Silverstone today for the first run of the new auto. For sure there will be moments where as a team we'll make mistakes or it's maybe not going as we want it to.

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