Max Verstappen 'smiling' after testing new Red Bull car at Silverstone

Max Verstappen 'smiling' after testing new Red Bull car at Silverstone

Red Bull unveiled its first Honda-powered Formula One vehicle on Wednesday with Max Verstappen driving the initial laps at Silverstone.

Verstappen, the former teammate of Australian Daniel Ricciardo, is set to be among Hamilton's chief challengers this year, and the young Dutchman put his new vehicle through its paces on Wednesday.

A statement from Red Bull's website hinted the new look could only make a brief appearance, claiming it to be a "special edition livery" for the arrival of the new Honda engines and driver Pierre Gasly.

"After my first run, I was smiling - very happy with how the vehicle was behaving plus the engine as well".

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

"With Honda, we're expecting a lot, we're all very positive but I think it also needs to take a little bit of time, it can not be from race one it will be flawless".

The Silverstone first run went according to plan for Red Bull, but a video has surfaced on social media, one that is causing quite a stir in the F1 fraternity.

More news: Trump hints at moving back deadline for US-China trade deal

"It's a really nice group of people to work with as well". Red Bull will be powered by the Japanese manufacturer this year after ending their fractious relationship with Renault.

"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".

"I was really excited to jump in the auto and as soon as we got going it felt pretty normal", Verstappen said.

"We are expecting a lot", said Verstappen. I am optimistic, but also realistic and only time will tell as to how we will get on.

"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". Now we can go testing properly, we'll see what we can get out of that and we'll be able to understand the vehicle and the engine a bit better.

"Red Bull always brings some awesome one-off liveries to the launch of a new auto and this is definitely one of the best".

Related Articles