Red Bull launch 2018 vehicle, including halo protection device

Credit- David Clerihew  Red Bull Content Pool

Daniel Ricciardo has put Red Bull's RB14 through its paces for the first time at a filming day at Silverstone.

Aston Martin features prominently on the auto, with the British vehicle manufacturer becoming Red Bull's title sponsor in 2018.

The 'unfamiliar shapes' that can be seen on the vehicle now will be featured throughout the year.

Red Bull used one of its available "filming days" to put Ricciardo behind the wheel of RB14 for a brief run at a sodden Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom, ensuring the vehicle is ready ahead of pre-season testing starting at the Jerez circuit on Feb 26. These will not be the regular colors of the racer and will have only their normal livery shown when the auto attends its first test in Barcelona next week.

Although it did not have the ideal first day, Red Bull did get through most of its schedule, - including some pitstop practice - and Ricciardo was left upbeat over the early feeling of the auto.

With respect to changes, the RB14 now sports prominent Aston Martin branding across the vehicle and the rear wing.

The RB14 is running in a test livery for now, with its definitive 2018 design set to be revealed ahead of proper running next week.

The RB14 will be re-launched in "race ready" paint at testing in Spain next week.

In an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Marko said: "The [Renault] engine should be more reliable and more powerful this year, and we will have a competitive chassis from the beginning, but Mercedes is building a new engine".

The Renault-powered Red Bull includes the mandatory Halo cockpit protection device while revealing its 2018 auto with a special edition livery of black, dark blue and white. "It might be that their advantage will then be even bigger".

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