The Hass F1 team has taken the covers off the company’s VF-19 challenger. Designed to take on the the upcoming 2019 Formula 1 season, the car sports a new dual gold and black livery. This new livery is reminiscent to the one seen on the older Lotus F1 cars. The primary bit of the unveil was for the team to showcase their new sponsors, Rich Energy. In addition to the gold and black colour, the car continue to sport an underlining light grey decals across the bodywork. The team officially revealed its new livery at an event hosted at the Royal Automobile Club in London.
Speaking about the new livery and upcoming F1 championship, Gene Haas, Founder of Haas Automation and Chairman of Rich Energy Haas F1 Team, said, “This is the time of the season when you hope you’ve got designs right and you can be competitive straight away. The new car looks distinctive, not only in terms of its colour scheme, but also with the new regulations in play. Hopefully those design changes brought in for 2019 will improve the racing on-track, and more importantly give us a shot at making more of an impact at each Grand Prix. While 2018 delivered our best season to date, the year showed, sometimes sharply, that we still have areas to improve on as a team. On track, our push for performance started early with the VF-19, our next step is to get to Spain and utilise our time there wisely to prepare for Australia.”
The new car also delivers on the new aerodynamic rules and guidelines that every team has to adhere to. The new aerodynamic rule necessitates simpler front and rear wings in a bid to aid overtaking. Therefore, the front wing is now 200 mm wider and 20 mm higher, while the rear wing is 100 mm wider and 20 mm higher. As a result of the guidelines, the bargeboards are now smaller, reduced in height by 150 mm and moved forward by 100 mm. This improves the overall from the front wing to shape the entire body. The team will head to Spain for its first round of pre season testing which will run from February 18-21, 2019, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.