Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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Red Bull Racing's strinking new RB15 breaks cover!

Red Bull Racing's strinking new RB15 breaks cover!

Max Verstappen gave the vehicle its first laps in a shakedown at Silverstone, the first time the team have run a Honda engine.

Red Bull has a history of claiming headlines with testing liveries, which are designed not just to create publicity around the launch but also hide some of its less obvious aerodynamic features.

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

Verstappen completed 39 laps with the team reporting that the vehicle ran "faultlessly". "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".

"Up until Australia you can't really set goals - it's a bit blind".

The former world champions launched their 2018 vehicle in dark black and blue colours before reverting to their traditional look for the start of testing.

Back in 2015 the team released an abstract black and white design akin to a zebra that was used throughout pre-season testing, only to be dropped in time for first race of the season.

Red Bull have unveiled their first Honda-powered Formula 1 vehicle, with Max Verstappen driving the initial laps at Silverstone.

Red Bull took four straight double titles at the start of the decade but has taken only a handful of wins in most years of the hybrid era, frequently pinning its deficit on erstwhile supplier Renault. Honda supplied Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso past year, but in a Red Bull chassis it could have its first shot at a race victory since returning to F1 in 2015.

Renault and Red Bull broke ties last season largely because of the reliability issues that Red Bull were facing.

"You get a first impression and you see if there any little issues with the vehicle or engine".

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