Red Bull unveil first Honda-powered vehicle in one-off livery

Red Bull unveil first Honda-powered vehicle in one-off livery

Both drivers are at Silverstone today for the first run of the new vehicle.

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.

"It was a very positive day so I'm happy", said Verstappen after the car's debut run. They will use Honda power units for the first time, and the vehicle carries Honda branding on its nose and engine cover.

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.

The 21-year-old's hopes of a title charge will be determined by the performance and reliability of his team's new engine partner Honda.

Red Bull, meanwhile, enters 2019 with a tweaked driver line-up, having drafted in long-term junior and 2018 Toro Rosso racer Pierre Gasly in place of Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo. "The first two or three weeks feel like they are good to have and then after a break you want to get going".

"After my first run, I was smiling - very happy with how the auto was behaving plus the engine as well".

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After reluctantly climbing out of the auto, the Dutch youngster's first impressions of the RB15 were positive.

"We are expecting a lot", said Verstappen.

Red Bull's new auto was unveiled on the same day as defending champions Mercedes, who the team will hope they can wrestle both championships off in the upcoming season.

"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".

"At the moment I am of course very optimistic, but also realistic".

"What is very important is the team and Honda are pushing really hard to improve the development".

"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 vehicle 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.

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