Red Bull Racing has launched its 2019 F1 car, the first to be powered by Honda, with a shakedown at Silverstone circuit.

Red Bull ended its long-standing relationship with Renault in 2018 and joined hands with Honda for 2019 and beyond as the Austrian outfit became a ‘works’ team since the Japanese manufacturer is their exclusive supplier.

Even though Toro Rosso is also a partner, but since the Italian team is effectively Red Bull’s junior squad, it helps the senior team to keep the ‘works’ status. The new Honda-powered RB15 was unveiled with a shakedown at Silverstone circuit.

The filming day allows them to complete 100km with demo Pirelli tyres. Meanwhile, the one-off livery revealed by the team comes in the usual matte finish with the blue remaining along with red in abundance – it is not certain if they will use it for test run as well.

Red Bull 2019 F1 livery
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2019 F1 Red Bull Honda car
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Red Bull 2019 F1 car
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The team finished third behind Mercedes and Ferrari in 2018 and was quite ahead of fourth-placed Renault. With Honda now onboard, the calls were hugely positive with the power unit but it remains to be seen how competitive they can be in 2019.

At the end of the day’s running, a full video of the shakedown was uploaded by the team:

2019 F1 launches so far:

Rich Energy Haas

Toro Rosso

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