Formula 1

Haas launch First car, VF-16

Haas F1 have released photos of their very first car, the VF-16, ahead of the teams on track debut in Barcelona tomorrow.

Haas F1 have released photos of their very first car, the VF-16, ahead of the teams on track debut in Barcelona tomorrow.

The American based team have launched the VF-16, VF standing for Very First, today and are already looking to target points in their first season.

The team have gone with an interesting grey, red and black livery for their first season in the sport. Haas have signed French driver Romain Grosjean and Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez to drive for them this season. Grosjean comes to the team with five seasons of racing under his belt, and has matured as a driver over the years. Losing his reputation as a “first lap nutcase” and becoming a well-rounded driver. Gutierrez returns for his third season in Formula 1 after a year out as the Ferrari reserve driver. The young Mexican showed talent during his two seasons at Sauber, but was ultimately dropped for more lucrative drivers.

The VF-16 from Haas (Picture courtesy  of Haas F1 team)

The VF-16 from Haas (Picture courtesy of Haas F1 team)

Team principal Guenther Steiner was quick to lay out the aims for his team going into their first season. “Our goal with this car is to score points. First, we need to go out there and show that we can do the job, that we can finish races, that we are respected by the fans and other teams in the paddock. Then, we want to score points. That is the ultimate goal.”

Much of the design work for the Haas car was carried out in Maranello, under the watchful eye of Ferrari, the partnership saw Haas have access to the Ferrari wind tunnel and simulator. The car will be running a Ferrari engine and gearbox as well.

Haas will be making their racing debut in Australia on the 20th of March. But the car will be on track tomorrow at the first pre-season test.

Feature image credit: Haas F1 Team press release

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