18 hours before the beginning of the first winter tests of formula 1 in Barcelona Haas also dropped the covers. On Sunday, the team presented the VF-17, with which Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen want to fight for success in the second Formula One season of the U.S. team.
When looking at the new car, a change of paint is first noticeable. The surfaces painted in white last year are now presented in light grey.
In addition, the VF-17 also shows the typical design elements of the 2017 year of the formula 1. The front wing is hung far behind, the side boxes are strongly drawn in, and on the engine cover there is a rear fin that extends far up to the rear wing in the upper part. The chassis of the new Haas also shows a distinctive Colaflaschen shape in the rear area.
Haas also used the strategy chosen in the previous year for its second Formula One car and purchased as many components as permitted from external partners. Thus, not only the drive unit but also the power transfer of Ferrari, in the Chassis, the Americans resort to the expertise of the Italian success producer Dallara.
Grosjean placed as number one in the team
The main goal for Haas in the second season must be greater consistency. Although the team 2016 made a more than reputable debut with eight in the design value and 29 WM points (all won by Grosjean), the performance was very volatile. For example, the team only went to the points in five of the 21-races.
After his more than solid performance in the previous year, Grosjean is set as a clear number one in the team. Instead of the unfortunate Esteban Gutierrez, Kevin Magnussen is now his teammate. The Dane hopes that his Formula One career at Haas will get off to a good start after failing to assert himself at his previous stations McLaren and Renault.