This is the new radical Red Bull Racing RB15 which will be powered by Honda.
The livery has been significantly revamped for the upcoming Formula 1 championship, featuring a clash of red against the dark blue. It certainly looks eye-catching and aggressive. And yet, this new paint job is just one-off. Probably in pre-season testing.
The four-time constructors’ championship-winning team has moved away from long-time supplier Renault in a bid to fight for titles again.
Last season, Red Bull’s deal to brand its Renault engines TAG Heuer meant it ran the Swiss watch manufacturer’s logos on the nose cone and where the engine cover meets the back of the sidepods.
Now, the Honda branding appears on the engine cover with TAG Heuer – which continues to support Red Bull despite the changed engine deal – shuffled to a position in front of the cockpit.
Aston Martin logos continue to appear on the outside of the cockpit and rear wing.
Red Bull looks set to shake its car down at Silverstone later, joining champion team Mercedes on track.
The junior Toro Rosso squad is also on track at Misano with Daniil Kvyat driving its 2019 car.
Max Verstappen, who effectively assumes the role of lead driver alongside newcomer Pierre Gasly, said in a Red Bull video released ahead of the unveiling that he was “very excited” to get started after off-season that had felt “quite long”.
But he said he would avoid setting targets until the opening race.
“I guess up until Australia you can’t really set goals,” said Verstappen. “It’s a bit blind. In F1 it’s related to the package you get.
“So, I’m always quite easy going. That doesn’t mean I’m not always going to try to do as good as I can try to get the best out of myself.
“But you’re so dependent on what you get as a package you just have to wait.”
The new RB15 certainly looks like a mean machine. The new paint job makes this race car look badass. Hopefully the Honda power unit is reliable compared to its last partnership with McLaren… Excited by the line-up of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly on the driving front. Go Red Bull!