HAAS

Motor Sport News - - F1 2016 Mercedes -

For a new team on the grid, Haas brings a lot of known el­e­ments to back up its VF-16 chal­lenger.

It has a tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship with Fer­rari, and has taken ad­van­tage of the new ‘listed parts’ reg­u­la­tions to ob­tain a num­ber of key com­po­nents di­rect from Maranello, as well as a power unit and gear­box sup­ply. The chas­sis it­self also car­ries a pedi­gree, hav­ing been con­structed by Dal­lara through an­other tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship.

As a re­sult, the All-amer­i­can team has a dis­tinctly Ital­ian rac­ing car, fea­tur­ing many Fer­rari styling cues, in­clud­ing a sim­i­lar style of nose to last year’s SF15-T.

Haas has an up-to-date sup­ply of Fer­rari en­gines too, un­like the year-old units be­ing used by Toro Rosso this sea­son.

The car is the first en­try from an all-new team since Lotus, Vir­gin and His­pania Rac­ing all en­tered the sport back in 2010.

New team prin­ci­pal Gun­ther Steiner – for­merly of Red Bull/ Jaguar – said the team was tar­get­ing top 10 fin­ishes from the start.

“Our goal with this car is to score points,” said Steiner. “First, we need to get out there and show we can do the job, that we can fin­ish races, that we are re­spected by the fans and the other teams in the pad­dock. Then we want to score points.

“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 with our de­sign. We have very ex­pe­ri­enced de­sign­ers who worked very hard to de­velop lit­tle things from an aero­dy­namic per­spec­tive.”

The car’s moniker – VF-16 – stems from the VF-1 ti­tle that team founder Gene Haas gave to the first ma­chine man­u­fac­tured by his CNC busi­ness in 1988. The VF stands for ‘Very First’.

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