Formula 1 fans are curious to see how teams react to a mandatory halo safety device and now we have the first solution from HAAS F1 with their VF-18 unveil.
Scoring an impressive 47 points and finishing not last in the constructor’s championship last year, Haas-Ferrari has a lot to live up to with the evolution of their VF-18 in their junior year season. According to Haas F1 in an official press release they dropped earlier today as well as all over social media, they unveiled their VF-18 racecar, most notably, highlighting their Halo device implementation. Check out a couple of photos of their elegant solution below.
Bigger. Better. Faster. Lighter.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) February 14, 2018
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) February 14, 2018
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 14, 2018
According to team Principal Guenther Steiner, the VF-17, while competitive, felt that there were several improvements that could be made so drivers could extract the best performance from its setup.
“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.”
The biggest change is the halo. Admittedly, all teams faced the same challenge on how they have to deal with the added weight of the device, how it affects aerodynamics, how the device’s implementation affects the chassis, and how the car reacts with the added higher center of gravity. In a game of hundredths, the team that handles the details the best means the difference between a podium finish and forth.
Like the VF-17, grey, red, and, black make up most of the livery’s colors. It’s a simple color scheme, no doubt, and isn’t particularly exciting at first glance. But then again, Haas F1 has never been a team known for being flashy on the grid.
If you’re hankering to catch the VF-18 in action you won’t have to wait long as Haas, along with everyone else, will be testing in Catalunya at the end of February and again at the start of March.