have unveiled their first -powered Formula 1 car, with driving the initial laps at .

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

Verstappen, who shared the victories with n last season, has a new team-mate for 2019 in Frenchman .

The RB15 car was launched with temporary red-and-black livery.

However, they are expected to revert to their normal colours for the season-opening race in Melbourne on 17 March.

parted company with engine partners at the end of 2018, switching to , who also provide power units for sister team .

finished ninth of 10 teams last year with the engine but have sounded optimistic about the progress made by the Japanese manufacturer.

“I am very excited to get started as the off-season has been quite long,” said Verstappen, 21.

“The first two or three weeks feel like they are good to have and then after a break you want to get going.

“What I’m most looking forward to is starting the season and seeing how the whole team is operating together with and how the engine is performing together with the chassis.

“Up until you can’t really set goals – it’s a bit blind.”


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