Haas have officially unveiled their second Formula One car – the VF-17.
Images of the car had previously appeared online yesterday during Haas’ filming day at the Catalunya circuit. This year’s car features a revised grey livery and a smaller shark fin to what we have seen on other 2017 cars.
“I think the pedal box is the same, but all the rest is very different from last year’s car. You always try to make a faster car, which is normally a lighter car. Now we can put on more ballast and get better weight distribution. The aero is completely new, as are the tires, so we needed to have some built-in adjustability. Aesthetically, the car has a more aggressive look. It’s lighter and more aerodynamically efficient. Everything we learned from our first car has been applied to our new car.” – Guenther Steiner
French driver Romain Grosjean will be joined at the team this year by Kevin Magnussen. Magnussen, who hails from Denmark, has had previous stints at McLaren and Renault.
The team impressed in their opening two races in their first year in the sport. Grosjean finished sixth and fifth in the Australian and Bahrain and Grands Prix respectively. The team struggled slightly later on in the season, however, with braking issues seeming to be their main problem. Will they be able to perform any better throughout 2017?
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Nicky Haldenby is a 24 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature and founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016. Nicky also writes for Badger GP and can be heard regularly as a guest on the Last Lap Podcast.