Traditionally, Red Bull haven’t always been quick out of the traps with their new cars, often favouring a longer period of development in the factory over early running on track. The team switched up that approach last year in order to try to hit the ground running, and this season – having switched from Renault to Honda power – they have done so again, with Max Verstappen giving the striking new RB15 a maiden run-out at Silverstone on Wednesday.
In the Dutchman’s hands the new car, which was revealed in a dynamic interim livery, completed 30 laps of Silverstone’s National Circuit on demonstration tyres during Red Bull’s filming day, and afterwards a relaxed Verstappen professed himself happy that everything had gone as planned.
“I was really excited to jump in the car and as soon as we got going it felt pretty normal,” said the 21-year-old. “It felt good and we had no problems, so I’m very happy with that. Of course today is a filming day, 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.
“You get a first impression and you see if there are any little issues with the car or engine. Luckily we didn’t have any and it’s very positive that we had this opportunity. Now we can go testing properly, we’ll see what we can get out of that and we’ll be able to understand the car and the engine a bit better. But so far, so good.”