RB19 takes to the track for Silverstone shakedown ahead of 2023 season

Sam Cooper
The RB19 during its launch. New York, February 2023.

The RB19 during its launch. New York, February 2023.

Red Bull’s RB19 has driven its first laps around a circuit as the team gave it a rundown at the Silverstone circuit ahead of the 2023 season.

With 23 days remaining until the first race of the season, plenty of teams have been getting in some track time with Alfa Romeo becoming the first constructor to put in some laps with their 2023 car.

Red Bull have also followed suit by having a blast around their nearest F1 circuit, the Silverstone track in Northamptonshire.

Unlike Alfa, Red Bull have yet to unveil the actual look of the RB19 in terms of its chassis, although a livery which looked remarkably similar to last year’s effort was shown off in New York, meaning footage of the car at Silvertone is at a premium.

Red Bull tweeted “RB19. Spotted in the wild” as the car breezed down the Hamilton Straight of the famous track.

Fans will have to wait a little longer though for an actuarial glimpse at the 2023 edition with Bahrain pre-season testing beginning on February 23.

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One of the big question heading into the season is whether both Max Verstappen and Red Bull can be as dominant as they were in 2022 given their wind tunnel penalty for exceeding the 2021 cost cap but the Dutchman told PlanetF1.com that the penalty was not “hanging over us.”

“I mean, for sure, I don’t think it’s hanging over us because we never really talk about it,” Verstappen said in response to a question from PlanetF1.com about Red Bull’s penalty.

“We are just very focused on what we’re doing right now, try to of course, put everything on the car, what we have been developing and try to hit the ground running very well and definitely have a better start to the year than we had last year and then from there, we’ll see.

“I mean, it’s difficult to predict what will happen. Are we good enough? Are we going to be quick enough? I don’t know.

“But yeah, like I said, we have to focus on ourselves. That’s the only thing that we can control, and then we’ll find out throughout the year where we end up.”