Haas return to familiar colours after 2019 ‘setback’

Haas have embraced their past with the livery for their VF-20 car that will take to F1® race tracks in 2020.

The American-based team went early on their livery launch, telling fans they “couldn’t wait any longer” and revealing their 2020 look on social media - almost two weeks before their February 19 season launch.

Haas will return to their traditional base colours of grey, red and black in 2020 and team principal Guenther Steiner acknowledged the pressure was on after a disappointing 2019 season.

“It’s always exciting to see the development of a new Formula 1® car and undoubtedly the VF-20 has to deliver where our previous car didn’t,” Steiner said.

“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 setback, 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.”

Both Haas drivers struggled in 2019, Kevin Magnussen finishing 16th on the driver standings with 20 points. Romain Grosjean was even further adrift and won just eight points for the season.

As a result, Haas finished ninth in the constructors’ championship – a significant fall from their fifth-placed finish in 2018.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the VF-20 make its track debut,” Steiner said.

“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.”

The VF-20 will hit the track for the first time at Formula 1®’s pre-season testing, which begins in Barcelona on February 19.

Gene Haas, chairman of the Haas F1 team, said everyone at the team had been through “a real education process”.

“I’m pleased to see the car return to the more familiar Haas Automation colours – it’s certainly a livery that people identify with,” Haas said.

“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 1® 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.”

Magnussen and Grosjean will drive for Haas again this year, with the new season to start at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020, which runs from March 12-15.

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