Haas F1 has become the first Formula 1 team to unveil its 2018 car with an online launch of the VF-18.
The VF-18 is an evolution of their 2017 car the VF-17 which took the American squad to 8th in the standings last year.
“We eliminated a lot of the variables where we knew we were weak,” said Gene Haas (team owner). “We’ve focused on what it’s going to take to get our car to be consistent and close that gap to the top teams.”
team principal Gunther Steiner said:
“The biggest part of the car’s evolution was the addition of the halo, It took quite a bit of study by the aerodynamicists, but the designers had to work hard to modify the chassis so the halo could survive the mandated loads. The total minimum weight of the car increased because of the halo, and there’s a higher center of gravity simply because of the halo’s position. But, everyone is in the same boat.
“The regulations stayed pretty stable between 2017 and 2018, so the VF-18 is an evolution of our car from last year. It’s less about reinvention and more about refinement. You see elements we had from last year on the car this year.
“Our 2017 car was actually pretty good, but we didn’t always get the best out of it, and that’s what we aimed to change in 2018. We got the car as light as possible to carry more ballast. We were able to do a better job of putting the weight where we wanted it.”
On the livery of the VF-18 Stainer added: “The livery is a little bit of a return to what we had on our first car, the VF-16, Its look is clean and precise, just like the machine tools made by Haas Automation.”
This comes after Mercedes, Sauber and Toro Rosso released videos showing the first startups of their 2018 cars.
See more images of the Haas VF-18 here.