First shots of the new-look Haas VF-20 emerge

Mark Scott
Haas VF20


Haas are the first Formula 1 team to show images of their 2020 challenger, the VF-20, and, as expected, have gone back to a more traditional look.

The American outfit switched to a black and gold livery ahead of the 2019 season after Rich Energy became the team’s title sponsors.

That ended in disaster and was part of a rather forgettable campaign for the team as they were only able to muster 28 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

But, they are hoping a return to a familiar look will bring back some of the good times that the team have experienced during their relatively short life as a Formula 1 team.

The grey, red and black colours are back…

“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,” team principal, Guenther Steiner, said.

“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.”

Team boss, Gene Haas, added: “I’m pleased to see the car return to the more familiar Haas Automation colors, it’s certainly a livery that people identify with.

“Frankly, I’m hoping the VF-20 will return us to the kind of form we ran in 2018 when we finished fifth in the constructors’ championship. 2019 was a tough season to endure. We’ve been through a real education process, one that comes to all Formula One teams at some stage.

“I’m trusting we’ve learned from those lessons and have applied that knowledge into making the VF-20 a more competitive entry. It’s important to me that we’re back in the mix and consistently scoring points, we certainly have the capability and we’ve proved as an organization we can do it.”

Haas are hoping Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen can repay the faith shown in them by bringing in the points straight from the off at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

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