Haas presents the first F1 car of the 2023 season
The American Haas F1 team was the first to present the car with which it will compete in the 2023 Formula 1 season, the car where the Danish will compete Kevin Magnussen and the German Niko Hulkenberg.
The unveiling of the ‘livery’ of the car, that is to say the design and paint that it will carry, was done, as is customary, through the social networks of the team owned by Gene Haas and directed by the controversial and charismatic Guenther Steiner.
The model is the VF23 and the color black predominates, as well as its new official sponsor Moneygram, which joined the team in Austin 2022.
The VF name comes from the first CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine built by the Haas company and the “V” stands for vertical, but Gene Haas named that machine the “Very First One” and that nomenclature has stuck. for their F1 cars.
Although the car presented is more of a mock-up than the actual car that will run, first at the shakedown at Silverstone on February 11, and then in official practice at Sakhir on February 23-25, it presents some changes compared to the VF22. especially in the shape of the pontoons, which recall the concave and wide concept of the Ferrari F1-75, a company that, by the way, supplies engines to Haas.
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In 2022, Haas took eighth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings with 37 points, 25 of them collected by Magnussen and 12 by Mick Schumacher, who was released by the team and is now a reserve driver at Mercedes.
Hulkenberg returns to F1 as a starting driver, after his last full season had been in 2019 with the Racing Point team, after which he established himself as a profitable substitute for the team in the absence of Sergio Pérez in a couple of races of 2020, to later take over as Aston Martin’s reserve driver and replace Sebastian Vettel in two races at the beginning of 2021.
The 2023 Formula 1 season will kick off from March 3 to 5 with the Bahrain Grand Prix.