Red Bull launches Honda-powered RB15 in striking one-off livery

Helmut Marko on Red Bull's 'optimism' for 2019

The team revealed their auto via Twitter earlier today and have sent Verstappen around Silverstone to show us what it looks like on track.

There was a mixed reaction from fans on social media at the livery unveiling, with some fans begging the team not to alter the design, others left revolted by the dramatic departure while one supporter compared it with the red and black face of Star Wars villain Darth Maul.

"I guess up until Australia you can't really set goals", said Verstappen. "After my first run, I was smiling - very happy with how the vehicle was behaving plus the engine as well".

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

"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".

The former champions were third overall in last season's constructors' championship, winning four races.

Red Bull are no strangers to causing a surprise during "launch season".

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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.

What can we expect from Red Bull in 2019?

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

What's changing on the Formula 1 2019 cars?

After five years without championship success, Red Bull is switching from Renault power to Honda this year.

Daniel Ricciardo's departure to Renault has opened the door for 23-year-old Pierre Gasly to stake his claim as a race victor of the future.

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