First pictures: New Red Bull-Honda RB15 breaks cover

First pictures: New Red Bull-Honda RB15 breaks cover

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull to join Renault with Verstappen, who finished fourth in the drivers' standings a year ago, to be partnered by young Frenchman Pierre Gasly.

The former champions were third overall in last season's constructors' championship, winning four races.

Red Bull have unveiled a striking new livery design on a auto they hope will fire them towards a first championship success in six years.

"I was really excited to jump in the auto and as soon as we got going it felt pretty normal", he said.

Red Bull Racing unleashed its RB15 today at Silverstone in the capable hands of Max Verstappen, and while it was but a shakedown run it still left the Dutchman smiling.

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

Red Bull saw progress in Honda, when they partnered with junior team Toro Rosso, and were convinced they would make the gains required to push on and become a title contender once more.

Verstappen, the former teammate of Australian Daniel Ricciardo, is set to be among Hamilton's chief challengers this year, and the young Dutchman put his new auto through its paces on Wednesday.

Max Verstappen drove the RB15 around the circuit and although his team-mate Gasly was also at the track, he will have to wait until pre-season testing kicks off next week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona to get his hands on the auto. "And from there onwards, you just start to work together with the vehicle [to see] what you can improve".

"At the moment I am of course very optimistic, but also realistic". "The first time was in Super Formula, so I went to Japan a lot, spent time in the country to learn the culture, to learn the way they communicate, the way they work and it's really different than what we have in Europe so you really need to adapt yourself to the culture and understand how things work there if you want to extract the best from the people. Time will tell how we're going to perform".

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