Red Bull Debuts First Honda Powered Car

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 14, 2019

After a year of Honda experience with Toro Rosso last year and a season with Japanese manufacturer in Super Formula in 2017, Gasly is looking forward to continuing the relationship at the senior Red Bull team.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull to join Renault with Verstappen, who finished fourth in the drivers' standings past year, to be partnered by young Frenchman Pierre Gasly.

Verstappen, 21, endured an error-prone start to his last campaign, but only Hamilton scored more points than the Dutchman during an impressive second half of the season.

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

"At the moment I am of course very optimistic, but also realistic".

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

"Up until Australia you can't really set goals - it's a bit blind".

Title holder Hamilton says he feels 2019 could turn out even better than last season. "Now we've got eight days' of testing ahead and it's important that we maximise track time and get as much out of that process as possible prior to the first race of the new season in Melbourne".

"I completely switched off from racing for a while, trying to focus and re- centre myself and training hard for the new season".

"I've had the chance to have spent two years with Honda already", Gasly said.

"I want to achieve more, I want to continue to keep pushing".

Red Bull finished third in the constructors' championship behind Mercedes and Ferrari past year, but despite the change in engine supplier and the potential disruption that could bring, team boss Christian Horner is confident the team can challenge for victories more often. "And from there onwards, you just start to work together with the vehicle [to see] what you can improve".

"We're taking nothing for granted and there's absolutely no feeling of entitlement to be at the front, " he said.

"The RB15 has been unleashed", a statement said.

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