Sunday, 03 february 2019, 09:20 , by Matthew Scott
An image purporting to be of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly's helmets for the 2019 Formula 1 season has emerged on social media, suggesting that the Dutchman has opted for a radically new design for the upcoming campaign, with a white and red colour scheme hinting at close ties to Red Bull's new relationship with Honda.
It would appear from the image that Gasly's design is largely unchanged, carrying the dark blue colours synonymous with Red Bull.
However, Verstappen's new look is sure to turn heads as he embarks on a 2019 campaign in which he will be seen as the leader of Red Bull's hopes.
Check out the leaked image below.
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????News ????Max Versteppen and Pierre Gasly 2019 Helmet. ????As we can see from the picture the Frenchman's helmet has not changed much but Versteppen's helmet is completely new! ????The Dutch rider chose white and red, the two colours of Honda, the new RedBull motorist. ????Now, is it possible that RedBull has changed its livery? . . (Original photo: f1helmets - Twitter) . . . #Ferrari #Ricciardo #redbull #f1 #vettel #renault #Verstappen #crash #overtake #F12019 #Hamilton #LH44 #SV5 #mercedes #Bottas #Leclerc #Raikkonen #news #giovinazzi #tororosso #haas #formula1 #kvyat #alonso #alfaromeo #helmet #MV33 #Schumacher #gasly #honda
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted that Gasly was promoted to the senior squad ahead of time after only one full season in F1 with Toro Rosso.
The Frenchman is determined to get up to speed immediately with Verstappen, although much remains to be seen if Red Bull's switch to Honda power units will bear fruit.
After growing frustrated with Renault's inability to produce a regular race-winning engine, Red Bull have jumped into bed with Honda, who are yet to power a podium finish since returning to F1 with McLaren in 2015.
The Japanese marque's best result so far came in the back of Gasly's Toro Rosso at last years Bahrain GP as he came home in fourth.