Haas

Haas has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal their 2020 design and livery, after it released images of their new car on Thursday.

The American team had a difficult time last season, finishing the year ninth in the constructor’s championship, and the team are hoping their new VF-20 will allow them to score regular points in 2020.

Haas ran in black and gold colours last season, after they took on Rich Energy as a title sponsor, but with that deal having ceased, the team have opted for a change in livery.

The new car is predominantly black and white, featuring a similar colour scheme to the team’s 2016 challenger that took Romain Grosjean to a season best result of fifth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Speaking about the new car design, Haas founder, Gene Haas said: “I’m pleased to see the car return to the more familiar Haas Automation colours, 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 organisation we can do it.”

The VF-20 will be unveiled at the opening day of testing in Barcelona on February 19, and Team Principal, Guenther Steiner is hoping it will prove to be reliable.

“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.” commented Steiner.

“With the regulations remaining stable into this season, it’s allowed us to improve our understanding of the car and to scrutinise 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.”

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