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Haas reveals first 2018 F1 auto images

Haas reveals first 2018 F1 auto images”

Haas have become the first team to reveal their halo-equipped 2018 F1 auto, with images of the new VF-18 unexpectedly released online.

Haas, which received engines and non-listed parts from Ferrari, is hopeful it has created a more stable platform for the VF-18 as it bids to make up ground in its third campaign.

"But, everyone is in the same boat", said Guenther Steiner, team principal of Haas F1 Team.

The rest of the auto sports a black, gray, and red livery full of subtle nods to Haas Automation machinery.

The team owner and business entrepreneur said he would like nothing more than to someday hire an American driver, but only when the United States outfit has established its long-term future in the sport.

"We've focused on what it's going to take to get our vehicle to be consistent".

The regulations, apart from some changes, haven't changed dramatically from 2017 to 2017, and this means the VF-18 isn't a radically new auto.

With few other rule changes for 2018, Steiner said the auto was "less about reinvention and more about refinement".

This year's F1 cars in many ways bear a resemblance to the cars that made up the 2017 grid - and which broke all but one lap record - albeit with one small yet important change. The "V" stands for vertical, an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. The name comes from lead sponsor, Haas Automation's, history. "Overall, we were maybe two seconds off the pole qualifiers, so we need to knock a second off that if we really want to be competitive".

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"We eliminated a lot of the variables where we knew we were weak", Steiner said.

As chairman of Haas F1 Team, the "F1" moniker of that first machine has taken on added significance as Haas utilizes Formula One to build Haas Automation into a premium, global brand.

The VF-18 tests at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya Feb. 26-March 1 and again March 6-9 before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 25 in Melbourne.

"We've focused on what it's going to take to get our vehicle to be consistent". Founder Gene Haas added "VF-1" to designate the machine as the "very first one". "She's going to look great".

The press release for the vehicle launch makes clear that Haas' involvement in F1 is strongly motivated by advertising potential for Haas Automation, one of North America's largest machine tool manufacturers.

2018's livery sees a return to a more 2016-style paint job for the American team.

"Being a Formula One participant brings a level of credibility that you just won't get through traditional advertising".

The US-based squad often faced issues regarding tyre performance last season, while Ferrari became the first team to pose a significant threat to Mercedes in the title race since the V6 tubo-hybrid era began in 2014.



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