Haas F1 Team reveals car for debut season, the VF-16

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Haas has unveiled its first car ahead of its debut season racing in Formula 1 after two years of preparation and planning.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas will take his operation onto the grid for the first time in 2016, marking the first entry to F1 for an American team in over 30 years.

On Sunday, Haas revealed its car for its debut season in F1, named the VF-16.

“From an international standpoint, Formula One is the highest echelon of racing, and Haas Automation builds the highest-quality machine tools,” said Haas.

“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.”

The livery features the company colors of red, light gray and dark gray, with Haas branding on the sidepod and the rear wing and American flags on either side of the car.

The car has been constructed with a great deal of help from Ferrari, whom Haas struck a technical partnership with ahead of its debut season in the sport.

However, it is clear from the launch pictures that the VF-16 is not a carbon copy of Ferrari’s SF16-H (revealed earlier this week), sporting a different nose design and revised back end of the car, as well as a bump in the nose that would appear to offer the option to install an S-duct.

“Just as Haas Automation’s products continually evolve, becoming better and more efficient, our methodology behind the VF-16 was to make it the best evolution of a good F1 car,” team principal Guenther Steiner said.

“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.

“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. And our technical partner, Ferrari, provided our power unit, and that really defined the rear end of the car and how big it needed to be.

“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.”

Romain Grosjean will get the first public run in the car on Monday in Barcelona before sharing the remainder of testing with teammate Esteban Gutierrez.

The car was given a one-lap shakedown in Barcelona on Saturday, but was unable to complete any further running due to an oil leak.