Formula One’s newest team Haas F1 has launched their 2016 car – the VF-16.
The car – named for being the team’s Very First – will be driven this year by Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez. The American based team is the first new team to join the grid since 2010 and is also the first American led F1 team in 30 years.
“From an international standpoint, Formula One is the highest echelon of racing and Haas Automation builds the highest-quality machine tools,” Team Chairman Gene Haas said. “When you hear F1 you know exactly what it is – a global racing series that showcases the latest technology and attracts the best talent in engineering and design. Haas Automation has an excellent reputation in the United States and I want that reputation to grow worldwide. Connecting Haas Automation with F1 in name and in practice is the best way to grow our business and elevate Haas Automation to a premium, global brand.”
Haas F1 has set its sights on points in its debut season. “We’re a new team, so we looked at what the successful teams were doing to give us a baseline of the direction we needed to go with our design,” Team Principal Guenther Steiner revealed. “We have very experienced designers who worked hard to develop all the little things from an aerodynamic perspective that, collectively add up to a lot.”
“Our goal with this car is to score points,” Steiner continued. “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.”
Haas F1 has a technical partnership with Ferrari who will also supply their Power Units for the upcoming season.