Haas planning F1 car unveil on February 21

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The Haas Formula 1 Team is planning to unveil its car on February 21 ahead of the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona one day later.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ team will make its full F1 debut at next March’s Australian Grand Prix, becoming the first American outfit to start a race since the unrelated Haas Lola team back in 1986.

With just three months to go until the first race of 2016, preparations continue apace at Haas’ bases in Kannapolis, North Carolina and Banbury, England ahead of the new car’s on-track debut in February.

Speaking to British broadcaster Sky Sports, Haas team principal Günther Steiner confirmed that the team was on schedule with its crash test and car debut before mooting a tentative unveil on February 21.

“It’s only ten weeks, which is not a lot, but the work is going to plan,” Steiner said.

“We are pretty happy, everything seems to come together. The car is the last thing you bring in and the production planning is going well.

“We will start to produce a car in mid-January, we will do the crash test at the beginning of January and then we will start to put one together.

“We will roll it out hopefully the day before the testing starts.”

Haas will field ex-Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez and former Lotus racer Romain Grosjean in 2016.