Haas Jump The Gun



Well, here’s a surprise. Haas were actually slated to be one of the last teams to reveal their new car, supposedly due to launch on 19th February. But they’ve surprised everyone by tweeting out of the blue earlier today some rendered pictures of their 2020 car design, along with its new livery. Or, we should say, its new old livery.

You can certainly see why they’ve wanted to move quickly on this: as a way of moving on fast from the whole sorry Rich Energy saga, the sooner they get a more Haas-esque look and feel back associated with the team and in people’s minds, the sooner they can hopefully win back some of the affection they squandered over the course of 2019 by involving themselves in those shenanigans.

As for the livery itself, well, like I say, it’s very much back to normal business for the team – a car based around a white, black and red colour scheme, with a few additional sponsors but back to being predominantly there to promote Gene Haas’ tool company brand.

And while it might have been nice to see something a bit more imaginative, it is at least a smart-looking car. The chevron design on the monocoque is a nice touch – indeed, the car generally looks better from the front-on view than the side – and while there’s more black than in previous years (er, apart from last year) the red seems to be being used more strongly as a picked-out accent this time. And pleasingly, the muddy dark grey colour seems to have been jettisoned entirely.

Most importantly, though: it’s not black and gold, and it doesn’t have the name of a ridiculous exercise in vanity emblazoned all over it. Based on that alone it’s a better livery than last year – but there’s a strong argument for it being this team’s best livery so far full stop.

 


8 Comments

    Jac

    February 6, 2020 at 9:50 pm
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    It looks a bit too much like a 2011 Hispania to me to really make me think of it as a fast car…

    Márcio Freire

    February 6, 2020 at 10:21 pm
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    From the front it looks nice enough, from the side it looks bland as usual

    Cuky

    February 6, 2020 at 10:59 pm
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    Tweet was out of the blue because we weren’t told the exact date, but as RaceFans reported in their article on January 24th, and I quote:
    “Haas will present their fifth Formula 1 car on day one of testing. The wraps will come off the new machine at 8am, one hour before the test begins. The team intends to reveal the first images of its new car online in early February.”

    Kaps

    February 7, 2020 at 4:51 pm
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    Same old, same old…
    For some reason the white, black, red combination isn’t working for me.
    Not here, not with Toyota, neither in rallying, nor in F1, while they were around…

    Official DOWL

    February 7, 2020 at 5:50 pm
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    Certainly the best Haas yet, but the standards weren’t exactly high before. At least they’ve started to make it less bland and more exciting. Unfortunately still quite dull when view from the side. Some progress at least.

    arn14_

    February 8, 2020 at 3:29 pm
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    Best livery Haas has made, from the front looks good but from the side looks empty. The change from light grey to white is a great improvement. If I should make a list of Haas liveries it would look like this:
    6- 2019
    5- 2017 (1st from Australia to Spain)
    4- 2016
    3- 2017 (2nd from Monaco to abu dhabi)
    2- 2018
    1- 2020

    bosyber

    February 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm
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    Yep, it’s Haas again, but at least the year gave them time to clean up and improve on what they had before.

    Nick

    February 10, 2020 at 2:06 pm
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    I Love It

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