Red Bull have unveiled a striking new livery design on a auto they hope will fire them towards a first championship success in six years.
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.
After five years without championship success, Red Bull is switching from Renault power to Honda this year. However, the press images still show how tightly Red Bull has managed to package its new Honda engine behind the driver.
Max Verstappen is shaking down RB15 at Silverstone this morning.
Excitement is building as Wednesday sees the second of three 2019 Formula 1 auto launches with Red Bull set to lift the cover on the RB15 this afternoon, United Kingdom time. "It felt good and we had no problems, so very happy with that".
"What I'm most looking forward to is starting the season and seeing how the whole team is operating together with Honda and how the engine is performing together with the chassis", said Verstappen ahead of the initial limited mileage filming day. "I really want to feel how it upshifts, downshifts, how the driveability is, how much power there is".
Verstappen, who shared the victories with Australian Daniel Ricciardo last season, has a new teammate for 2019 in Frenchman Pierre Gasly. While they will need to give Honda some time before they can realise their true potential, the data has already been very promising. You fight against teams like Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and when you start a new partnership, it always takes time before things run super smoothly and in the most efficient way.
What do you make of the new Red Bull challenger and do you think Honda will help them scale new heights this season?