Haas aim for points with their 'very first' F1 car

Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:06am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One newcomers Haas, the sport's first U.S.-owned team in 30 years, presented their 2016 car on Sunday with a gray and red livery and the designation VF-16 to mark it out as the 'Very First'.

"Our goal with this car is to score points," declared principal Guenther Steiner, who previously worked in Formula One with Jaguar and then Red Bull when the Austrian energy drinks company bought that team.

"First, we need to go out there and show that we can do the job, that we can finish races, that we are respected by the fans and other teams in the paddock. Then, we want to score points. That is the ultimate goal."

The car, designed in Italy by Dallara and powered by Ferrari, will make its first public appearance on track at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Monday at the start of pre-season testing.

The team carried out a brief 'shakedown' of the car in Barcelona on Saturday but Ferrari had the circuit to themselves on Sunday for private filming.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, who was a Ferrari reserve last season after previously racing for Sauber, are the Haas drivers.

The season starts in Australia on March 20.

Haas are Formula One's first completely new team since 2010, when Lotus Racing, Hispania and Virgin Racing made their debuts. Only the latter still survives after changing it's name to Marussia and now Manor.   Continued...