Max Verstappen drives the new Red Bull RB15 for the first time

F1 in 2019: Max Verstappen debuts deceptive Red Bull RB15

The vehicle will be driven by Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly this year after Daniel Ricciardo opted to leave the team to join Renault over the winter.

Red Bull unleashed a special-edition livery with the revamped paint job featuring substantially more red, but it is understood the former world champions will revert to their normal colours in time for the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 17.

Today's auto launch meant that for the first time a Honda powered Red Bull was presented, a move that has been spoken about ever since its announcement.

"I'm very excited to just get started with the engine", Verstappen said.

The RB15 auto was launched with temporary red-and-black livery.

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

The vehicle was launched in a striking dark blue and red colour scheme which the team confirmed was just for the RB15's first shakedown at Silverstone on Wednesday.

Verstappen's hopes of a prominent title charge are set to be determined by the performance and reliability of his team's new engine partner Honda.

Mav Verstappen with Pierre Gasly.

"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". Red Bull won four races in 2018 but believes a works partnership with Honda will boost its chances of challenging Mercedes and Ferrari more consistently, and Verstappen admits working with a new manufacturer is something he is eager to do. "The first two or three weeks feel like they are good to have and then after a break you want to get going".

"Of course today is a filming day", he continued, "so there's a limited amount you can get out of it, but it's really important to have a day like this, before you go to the official tests".

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