While we don't know much about what the new RB14 will look like, we do know that it will be the first F1 car to be shown with a Halo cockpit protection bar as standard fitting. File photo: Red Bull

London - Former world champion Red Bull will be ahead of its Formula One rivals at least when it comes to showing off its new car, after announcing a 19 February launch date.

The team, which won four consecutive Drivers' and Constructors' titles with Sebastian Vettel between 2010 and 2013, said it would unveil the RB14 a week before testing starts in Barcelona on 26 February. No details of the launch were given.

Champion Mercedes, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton going for his fifth title, and 2017 runner-up Ferrari will both present their new cars on 22 February.

Red Bull, with Dutch driver Max Verstappen and Australian Daniel Ricciardo, was one of the last Formula One teams to reveal its car in 2017 and did so with an online launch on the eve of testing.

Team boss Christian Horner has said Red Bull aims to make the most of testing right from day one in Spain after some teething problems in 2017.

"We are focusing on a slightly earlier release target, which only involves about five days," he said. "But the design is so concertinaed and production schedules so tight, that those five days are actually pretty valuable in terms of being on the front foot rather than the back foot."

Red Bull won three of 2017's 20 races and finished the season third overall.