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Haas reveals first 2018 F1 car images

14 February 2018

Haas has become the first F1 team to reveal its 2018 challenger for the Formula 1 world championship, officially revealing its VF-18 racer over its website and social media platforms.

The VF-18 is an evolution of the team’s VF-17, which carried the American F1 team to an eighth-place finish in the 2017 constructors’ championship. With the new racer, Haas will be hoping to improve of the 47 points it scored during the 2017 season.

The new car is an evolution of the VF-17, and Haas hopes it will bring the team further up the grid. “We eliminated a lot of the variables where we knew we were weak,” said the team’s chairman, Gene Haas. “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.”

As well as these performance improvements, the new car also incorporates the now-mandatory halo and reduced sharkfin. “The biggest part of the car’s evolution was the addition of the halo,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “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 centre 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.”

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