The 2021 launches just keep on rolling with Haas the eighth Formula 1 team to reveal their look for the upcoming season.
The 2021 campaign will be the American outfit’s sixth year in Formula 1, but it is fair to say that they have struggled for momentum following their eye-catching P5 finish in the Constructors’ World Championship back in 2018.
Back-t0-back P9 finishes in 2019 and 2020 led to owner Gene Haas question the long-term future of the team in Formula 1, but they eventually signed up to the new Concorde Agreement.
There looks set to be more short-term pain in 2021 for Haas as they are predominantly focused on building a better car for the start of the new regulations which are due to arrive ahead of the 2022 season.
They are not spending any of their two available development tokens on the VF-21 and will instead be largely relying on engine suppliers Ferrari to provide them with a better power unit compared to the one they received in 2020.
Haas are also using the 2021 season to blood in two rookie recruits in the form of Formula 2 World Champion, Mick Schumacher, and Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.
The outgoing Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, who formed Haas’ driver line-up for the past four seasons, are both pursuing options in other series away from Formula 1.
Mick is effectively ‘on loan’ from Ferrari, who will no doubt have long-term plans to put him in one of their red cars once he adapts to Formula 1.
Meanwhile, the Mazepin family influence is clear to see on the new VF-21 with Haas ditching their grey look from 2020 and adopting the colours of the Russian flag.