F1: I've been bored - Ricciardo itching for start of season

Hitting snags in testing has cost Red Bull dearly in previous years, so their fans will be hoping that getting some early mileage on the RB14 will only help the team pick up this year where they left off in 2017, and be able to challenge for race wins right from the first race.

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

The Williams F1 team became the second Formula 1 team to unveil their 2018 contender on Thursday when it took the wraps off the Williams FW41.Williams has slipped down the pecking order in recent.

Red Bull are the first major team to unveil their vehicle, at the start of a week that will see the vast majority of the new machinery appear before the start of pre-season testing on 26 February.

"It's always exciting to drive the vehicle for the first time", said Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo was involved in a crash at Silverstone on Monday during a filming session showcasing the new RB14.

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That will become much clearer at the team's Barcelona testing site, Circuit de Catalunya, next week.

"So far I can see fine with the halo". Honestly, unless there's stuff above, I don't see any issues at all on a flat track. "It is a disadvantage if your drivers take away points from each other, but I believe we are not in the situation to go for the title already this year".

"It's always hard to tell from a few laps but the initial feeling is good", Ricciardo said following the shakedown.

"In these conditions we've got filming tyres on it, it's cold, it's wet, it's not very representative but the good thing is, in pretty poor conditions, it felt OK".

While he was tinkering with various other projects this time last season, I'm pretty sure technical chief Adrian Newey will have been fully focused on Red Bull's 2018 vehicle right from the get-go. "Those are encouraging early signs".