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Cary Erickson | 14 February, 2019, 06:26

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. The livery will only be used for launch day, meaning that fans will have to wait to see what the actual livery for 2019 will look like.

Red Bull are due to take to Silverstone later today to film a shakedown of their new auto.

"I want to get the best out of myself, but you have to see what the vehicle and engine are going to do".

For the new RB15, the team appeared to have ditched the famous Red Bull logo that has featured on every one of their cars since they took over Jaguar ahead of the 2005 campaign.

"We are expecting a lot from Honda and are positive, but it will not be ideal from race one".

Red Bull saw progress in Honda, when they partnered with junior team Toro Rosso, and were convinced they would make the gains required to push on and become a title contender once more.

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The vehicle will be driven by Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly this year after Daniel Ricciardo opted to leave the team to join Renault over the winter.

"I am very excited to get started as the off-season has been quite long", said Verstappen. "At the moment, I am of course very optimistic, but also realistic and I think time will tell how we are going to perform".

"Until we get to Australia, my goals are a bit blind". Now we can go testing properly, we'll see what we can get out of that and we'll be able to understand the auto and the engine a bit better.

Red Bull won four races in 2018 but believes a works partnership with Honda will boost its chances of challenging Mercedes and Ferrari more consistently, and Verstappen admits working with a new manufacturer is something he is eager to do. "In Formula One, it is so related to the package so at this stage I am quite easy going".

Technical director James Allison said the team had worked hard on the suspension and aerodynamics to deliver a vehicle that would be kinder to its tyres than previous year and remain competitive at every track on the calendar.