The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 team presented their new 2019 F1 car RB15, which is the first car in their history with Honda power units, presented in unique one-off red blue livery.
Red Bull has introduced the new RB15 via studio photographs in a unique and unprecedented color combination that they have prepared only for this opportunity and although they use Honda’s engines this year, their main sponsor Aston Martin is still present.
Max Verstappen will be their leading driver in the new 2019 F1 season after Red Bull admitted that Pierre Gasly was promoted to the main team earlier than planned because of the sudden departure of Daniel Ricciardo to Renault and the team hopes that with Honda they can continue to be a threat to Mercedes and Ferrari.
Last year, Red Bull had won four races in China, Monaco, Austria and Mexico and this year they hope to improve on this performance and perhaps fight for the championship already in the first year as they are also ready to accept some penalties for excessive use of the Honda PU elements.
Max Verstappen says that ahead of the first race of the season in Melbourne, scheduled for March 17, he has no firm goals, but first wants to see how competitive the new package will be on the track.
“I think you can not set goals before Australia, we’re a bit in the dark,” said Verstappen, who will contest its fifth season in Formula 1.
“That does not mean I will not give my maximum to extract everything out of myself.”
“But in F1 you depend on the package so we’ll have to wait a bit.”
Red Bull will, as well as Mercedes, make the first test of a new F1 car on Silverstone, where they will use the first of two allowed 2019 filming days during which they can drive a maximum of 100 kilometers or 16 laps on Silverstone GP track configuration.