Haas team owner Gene Haas is hoping that the new aerodynamic regulations for the 2019 season will offer a boost to the American outfit. The team ended the 2018 campaign fifth in the constructors' standings, losing out on fourth place to Renault.
Haas is hoping that the updated regulations, which have been introduced in order to reduce the outwash the cars produce, will allow his team to "make more of an impact".
"This is the time of the season when you hope you’ve got designs right and you can be competitive straight away,” said Haas. “The new car looks distinctive, not only in terms of its color scheme, but also with the new regulations in play.
"Hopefully those design changes brought in for 2019 will improve the racing on-track, and more importantly give us a shot at making more of an impact at each Grand Prix.
Haas has signed energy drink company Rich Energy as its title sponsor for the upcoming season. Team principal Guenther Steiner believes that the new investment from the organisation will benefit the four year old squad.
“It’s important that we keep progressing as a team, and this season is no different. Our partnership with Rich Energy is another positive example of moving forward as an organization. We’re pleased to see their colors on the VF-19, we welcome them as they join our valued partner group in utilizing Formula 1 as a global marketing platform.
"While 2018 delivered our best season to-date, the year showed, sometimes sharply, that we still have areas to improve on as a team. On-track, our push for performance started early with the VF-19, our next step is to get to Spain and utilize our time there wisely to prepare for Australia.”
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