2018 Launch News

Haas First Out Of The Gate For 2018

Well, this was a surprise. Having not previously given a date for the launch of their 2018 car, Haas have stolen a march on everybody (particularly Williams, who are slated to do theirs tomorrow) and unveiled the first pictures of a 2018-style F1 car.

And, thankfully, it has a new livery:

It’s no secret that I wasn’t a fan of their first 2017 car, and even less so of their second one. So I’m pleased to see them ditch the incredibly dull grey, and bring back the bright red that was lacking from that bafflingly revamped livery.

The car is now predominantly white (or it could be a very very light grey), and while it’s still a fairly basic colour scheme it does look smart (they always have) with the added bonus that it no longer looks like it’ll just blend in to the asphalt of the track. In effect they’ve gone back to an evolution of their original 2016 car, albeit with subtle tweaks here and there and – on the whole – improvement.

It’s difficult to make out, but the car does still have a “shark fin”, albeit a greatly reduced one compared to last year. As with the controversial new halo device, Haas have chosen to mask it almost entirely, by painting it black – although the race number at the very back of the engine cover is a nice touch. It remains to be seen whether other teams will go down a similar route with the halo, or if we might see some of them do anything a bit more dramatic.

It’s also worth noting that there aren’t any driver identification panels (i.e. “GRO” and “MAG”) – these may have been left off for the launch, or it could be that teams have dialled back on that after, in some instances, slightly overcompensating for the FIA’s new regulations. It’d be a shame to lose that, though, as we quite liked it.

Anyway, on the whole, this still isn’t particularly exciting – but it does have a little more zest to it than the team have had in the last couple of years, so it’s a cautious if still largely indifferent thumbs up here.

13 Comments on Haas First Out Of The Gate For 2018

  1. Jacob Stevens // February 15, 2018 at 3:12 am // Reply

    Damn. I was expecting you to absolutely rip into this livery. I reckon it will be, potentially Williams aside (if they keep their bland Martini livery), the most boring livery on the grid. High hopes this season for all teams though, especially considering how well done *most* of the cars were last season. Sauber, McLaren and Force India have a great chance to improve on already beautiful liveries last year; and Toro Rosso will pull something out of the bag, like they did last year. Anyways, well written…. I s’pose.

  2. DOnt agree Jacob – im behind Seb on this one.
    lets just take into account that they are a team basicly backing themselves – shown by the lack of sponsers, and if theres a company backing it – use their corp colours. And this is the best interpritation of those colours we have seen yet. Best of all they have dropped the dark outline to the lettering.
    Yes this could be a better livery but lets hop they are keeping this in the wings for year on year improvements and, for now, focusing on the performence as they say they have been.
    from me – Good Show Haas.

    • They’re backing themselves in the same way Red Bull are, Haas are first and foremost a tooling company used pretty extensively in manufacturing. That said I like the colour scheme it’s clean and simple and I like that it lacks an overt American design, for me that would look cheap and tacky.

  3. Jacob Stevens // February 15, 2018 at 9:19 am // Reply

    I agree that, yes there are many reasons why this livery is bland. And yes, it is a huuuuuuuuuuge improvement over their camouflaged 2017 car. But, what I was saying was that it will, likely, be the most boring on the grid. Nothing against the design, it is just plain and simple. That’s it. Nothing to dislike and nothing to particularly rant and rave about. Just a clean, simple (if back of the grid-looking) livery, which; as you stated, will hopefully indicate an increase in performance of the car. Sure, a little more red, or a US flag motif on the engine cover would improve the livery a million times over. But, like you said, this is an improvement on last season, and they deserve merit for that. How much merit they deserve, however, will wait to be seen – as if there is a lack of improvement over the season, maybe HAAS could be straight-up lying to F1 fans about the reason for a simple livery.

  4. The only team that made those colours work took out the 1998 constructors, time for a revamp

  5. It will be great if they replaced the black/dark grey with an American flag blue with stars.

    Haas will remain very highlighted and 100% American.

  6. Williams and Red Bull articles?

    • Coming! But there’s not really much to say about Williams, so I was going to combine it with the next one along. And then Red Bull’s isn’t actually their race livery, so I’m torn on whether it deserves an article of its own at this point. I’ll see what Renault and Sauber do tomorrow and then make a decision, I think!

  7. Definitely better.

  8. A 1997 MasterCard Lola // February 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    I disagree. I don’t like the new off-white, it’s a real step down in class from the sleek dark grey. Everything else has had a subtle change, which I like, so for 2019 they should maybe combine this with a darker grey? Please Haas?

    Unfortunately ruined by that shade of grey.

  9. Same old dull thing… Couldn’t they be more imaginative, given that they don’t have sponsors? They could do pretty much whatever they wanted…

    • I guess this is what they wanted haha…I personally like the clean look, but it definitely could have been more flashy.

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