Red Bull and Mercedes to launch 2019 F1 cars on same day

Red Bull and Mercedes to launch 2019 F1 cars on same day

Now, Christian Horner feels that Max is the driver that both Lewis and Sebastian fear the most, because of the aggressive driving skills that he possesses.

The Red Bull junior contested five races for the team at the end of the previous season, ending his campaign with a best finish of fourth in Bahrain.

"If you look at his performance in the second half of the previous year, he was the second highest points scorer to Lewis", Horner told reporters as preparations for the new season continue.

"I think they have had a strong winter", said Horner, speaking at a media event at Red Bull's London offices.

Verstappen was the sport's youngest driver when he made his debut with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso as a 17-year-old and the youngest ever victor at 18 at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

While the jury is still out as to whether Honda can deliver the power and reliability that Red Bull needs to race at the front on a regular basis, Verstappen is now a known quantity, and one that Horner believes is ready to join the Hamilton-Vettel party. "We've seen in the past year that depending on the circuit, those penalties can have minimal consequences".

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Horner says he has grown in the past year and is "in a better place to deal with the challenges he faces". He is more worldly, more experienced. "Whether you penalise or not.' I think that was actually a useful exercise for him to see the other side of the fence", said Horner.

Red Bull will reveal their new auto for the 2019 F1 season on February 13th, the team has confirmed. "I will always try to get the best out of myself and hopefully that is enough".

Ferrari enter the season with a new team boss following the replacement of Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto, who moves up from technical director.

"I think it's a very different scenario".

"I think we've had a really collaborative approach and open approach with Honda", said the team boss.

Coincidentally, his first win of the season in Austria involved Hamilton's first race retirement since 2016 but the British veteran recovered and is now just two World Championship wins away from former Benetton and Ferrari driver Schumacher's record set back in 2004.

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