Red Bull unveils its first Honda-powered F1 auto

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The 2019 Red Bull auto is the first to be made since the former world champions formed a partnership with new power providers Honda.

"I'm very excited to just get started with the engine", Verstappen said.

Red Bull have conceded that Honda have been tirelessly working through the winter and the 2019 auto could maybe bridge the gap between Red Bull and the top 2 teams. "It was a very positive day so very happy about it".

Toro Rosso finished ninth of 10 teams previous year with the Honda engine but Red Bull have sounded optimistic about the progress made by the Japanese manufacturer. 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.

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They will use Honda power units for the first time, and the vehicle carries Honda branding on its nose and engine cover.

Gasly joins incumbent and five-time race victor Max Verstappen, under contract with Red Bull through 2020.

Red Bull, meanwhile, enters 2019 with a tweaked driver line-up, having drafted in long-term junior and 2018 Toro Rosso racer Pierre Gasly in place of Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo. We've obviously been able to strike at venues that have suited the characteristics of our auto, winning four races last year - should have been five - and three races the year before. "The first two or three weeks feel like they are good to have and then after a break you want to get going". I am optimistic, but also realistic and only time will tell as to how we will get on.

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 auto through its paces on Wednesday. Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport. For sure there will be moments where as a team we'll make mistakes or it's maybe not going as we want it to.

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