The Haas F1 Team gained an upper edge over its F1 rivals ahead of the presentation season, unexpectedly revealing images of its 2020 car and new livery.
After its sponsorship debacle last season with Rich Energy, the US outfit has reverted to Haas’ traditional blend of gray, red and black colors.
“Haas Automation maintains its significant presence on the VF-20, the global CNC machine tool company founded by team owner Gene Haas prominent on the sidepods, engine cover, front wing endplates and rear wing – a continuous theme in the livery since the team’s Formula One debut with the VF-16 in 2016,” the team said in its press release.
“Team partners JACK & JONES, PEAK, BlueDEF, Richard Mille, Alpinestars, Windshear and Pirelli continue to enjoy on-car branding while MindMaze and Nominet will feature on a variety of key team assets throughout trackside operations.”
The Haas VF20 will make its physical debut on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on February 19, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
“It’s always exciting to see the development of a new Formula One car and undoubtedly the VF-20 has to deliver where our previous car didn’t,” said team boss Guenrther Steiner.
“With the regulations remaining stable into this season, it’s allowed us to improve our understanding of the car and to scrutinize ourselves more in order to find solutions and applications to channel into the design of the VF-20.
“Last year was definitely a set-back, one I would never have asked for, but you learn from such situations – we all have.
“Everybody at the team was forced to look at themselves and understand what they can do better. I’m looking forward to seeing the VF-20 make its track debut.
“As always in testing, you want many things, but lots of mileage, reliability and speed would be welcomed as we ready ourselves for the first race in Australia.”