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Red Bull to launch new F1 car on same day as Mercedes

Max Verstappen is the driver Lewis Hamilton "fears the most", says Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

Verstappen started the last campaign in miserable fashion but ended it with a flourish and won two races in Austria and, of course, Mexico on the way to a fourth-place finish, just two points behind Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton, now 34, won 11 races for Mercedes on his way to the title while four times world champion Vettel, 31, was runner-up having won five.

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

"I do not think we can immediately compete with Ferrari and Mercedes in terms of power, but Honda is doing everything it can to get there as fast as possible", said Verstappen.

A five-time Grand Prix winner, and the youngest victor on the grid, Verstappen enters his fifth season of F1 as a seasoned and refined talent, and as a driver who greatly matured in 2018 according to his team boss.

Verstappen has a new team-mate at Red Bull this season following Daniel Ricciardo's move to Renault.

Pochettino likens Tottenham's Premier League plight to Alonso and Hamilton in F1
Spurs received a further boost as Liverpool dropped more points in a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Monday and are now five points behind the leaders and two behind City.

Last year's regulations saw drivers permitted to using just three engines over an entire season, with penalties handed out to anyone who exceeded the limit.

He did one day by accompanying stewards at a Formula E race last month in Morocco. "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.

Verstappen and Red Bull-Honda aim to become consistent pace-setters this season and therefore genuine candidates for the title. "I will always try to get the best out of myself and hopefully that is enough". It is exciting, although that will really come when I sit in the vehicle.

Horner was sure the Honda partnership would be very different.

There's no doubt Kvyat is talented, but would the senior Red Bull team really consider taking him back after dropping him in 2016?

"An terrible lot of frustration was born out of that.so I think with Honda, it being a true technical partnership, there's much more collective responsibility from both sides rather than being a customer-supplier scenario".

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