Red Bull RB15 emerges in one-off livery

F1 in 2019: Max Verstappen debuts deceptive Red Bull RB15

"So I think it will take time, but both Red Bull and Honda have the same targets and I'm sure they will manage to achieve what they want".

Whether Red Bull will remain among Grand Prix's trio of front-runners will likely depend on Honda's ability to deliver a performing and reliable engine.

"I am very excited to get started as the off-season has been quite long", Verstappen said earlier.

Red Bull Racing has unveiled its Honda-powered RB15, the Formula 1 auto with which it will compete in the 2019 season, in a striking "one-off livery".

Verstappen, who shared the victories with Australian Daniel Ricciardo last season, has a new team-mate for 2019 in Frenchman Pierre Gasly.

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

As has become tradition for the Austrian team, the RB15 made its first appearance clad in a stunning one-off launch livery, a stealthy-looking dark blue colour scheme lit with glowing red chevrons. "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".

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.

"The day's done, the first few kilometres with the vehicle", he said.

With Mercedes having unveiled the W10 on Wednesday morning and Racing Point set to break cover on the team's first fully fledged challenger later, it's a day to whet the appetite of any F1 fan, just a few days out from the start of pre-season testing.

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

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

"Until we get to Australia, my goals are a bit blind".

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