Red Bull sets date for livery launch

Red Bull will reveal its new Formula 1 livery in the week before the first pre-season test, although its new car is not expected to break cover until it is run in Barcelona.

Red Bull sets date for livery launch
Detail of the Red Bull Racing RB3
Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing

With the loss of title sponsor Infiniti, and the arrival of TAG Heuer as sponsor and engine naming partner, the Milton Keynes-based team will be running in slightly revised colours in 2016.

Max Verstappen ran with TAG Heuer branding on a Red Bull show car during a promotional event last week, but the definite final livery will only be unveiled at an event in London on February 17.

The decision to reveal the car means it is almost certain that Red Bull will not repeat its stunt from last year, when it ran in a special black and white testing livery.

Red Bull has not yet confirmed when its car will be officially launched, although it has recently done so on the morning of testing with a simple roll-out in the pitlane.

The first pre-season test takes place at Barcelona in Spain from February 22.

2016 F1 car launch dates

Team Engine Drivers Launch date
 Mercedes

 Mercedes

 Lewis Hamilton

 Nico Rosberg

TBA
 Ferrari

 Ferrari

 Sebastian Vettel

 Kimi Raikkonen

TBA
 Williams

 Mercedes

 Valtteri Bottas

 Felipe Massa

TBA
 Red Bull

 Renault

 Daniil Kvyat

 Daniel Ricciardo

February 17 (livery)
 Force India

 Mercedes

 Sergio Perez

 Nico Hulkenberg

TBA
 Renault

 Renault

 Pastor Maldonado

 Jolyon Palmer

February 3 (team launch)
 Toro Rosso

 Ferrari

 Max Verstappen

 Carlos Sainz Jr.

TBA
 Sauber

 Ferrari

 Felipe Nasr

 Marcus Ericsson

TBA
 McLaren

 Honda

 Jenson Button

 Fernando Alonso

February 21
 Manor  Mercedes TBA
TBA
February 22
 Haas

 Ferrari

 Romain Grosjean

 Esteban Gutierrez 

 TBA
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