The HAAS F1 team unveiled their 2018 Formula 1 entry today, the VF-18 hit the internet today via a press release. In 2017 the HAAS F1 team finished 8th in the world championship in their 2 second year competing in the world title fight. The VF-18 is an evolution of the VF-17 that scored 47 points last year.
The VF in the cars name is significant to the history of the Haas automation company, the VF-1 was the first CNC machine back in 1988. ‘V’ standing for vertical as in a vertical mill.
Team Principal Guenther Steiner says this about the car and team going into the test session that starts February 26th – March 1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and again March 6-9. The first Formula 1 race of the 2018 season will be the Australian Grand Prix March 25 in Melbourne.
“People see what we can do in Formula 1 and people believe Haas Automation can build world-class machine tools,” said Haas, whose entry in 2016 became the first American Formula 1 team since 1986. “Being a Formula 1 participant brings a level of credibility that you just won’t get through traditional advertising.”
“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. 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.”