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Haas F1 first team to launch their halo-equipped 2018 F1 car

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Haas has become the first F1 team to reveal its 2018 car, releasing rendered images of the VF-18. Ferrari-powered American based squad, who finished eighth overall last season for the second year running, released digital images of the VF-18 car on their website and social media.

“The biggest part of the car’s evolution was the addition of the halo,” says Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

“It took quite a bit of study by the aerodynamicists, but the designers had to work hard to modify the chassis so the halo could survive the mandated loads.

“The regulations stayed pretty stable between 2017 and 2018, so the VF-18 is an evolution of our car from last year. It’s less about reinvention and more about refinement.”

“Our 2017 car was actually pretty good, but we didn’t always get the best out of it, and that’s what we aimed to change in 2018,” Steiner added.

“We got the car as light as possible to carry more ballast. We were able to do a better job of putting the weight where we wanted it.”

Haas F1 continues the close association that it has shared with Italian gain Ferrari since beginning. As a result, the power unit and transmission in the VF-18 is provided by Ferrari.

“It’s no secret we use a lot of Ferrari equipment, so we’re using them as our baseline,” he stated. “We need to be within a half-second of Ferrari in order for us to be competitive. We weren’t last year.

“I would say we were a second to a second-and-a-half slower than Ferrari. 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.”

The new Haas F1 machine VF-18 will be driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen this season, Haas again enters 2018 with an unchanged driver pairing.

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