The Time Is Now: Haas F1 Team’s Formula 1 Car Debuts

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer

Now we have seen it!

Haas f1 Team will  hit the track tomorrow for the first laps in team history at the Barcelona pre-season test. Thankfully the team has given us and its many fans an early look at the 2106 car by debuting it one day early.


In what has been the most eagerly awaited debut of all, Formula 1’s newest entry was released through social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. A great move for the new organization as nearly half of the grid has forgone a traditional launch and will only let their cars first been seen when they are on track tomorrow.

Called the VF-16, the car was named after the very first machine tool created by Haas Automation in 1988 called the VF-1.  The VF designation commemorates this car as the “Very First One.”

The goal of this car, as it has always been, is to “score points” said Gunther Steiner, Team principal at Haas F1 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.”

As the first American entry into F1 in 30 years, getting this car to the track is a historic achievement. Tomorrow we will get to see it run and evaluate its performance. It is a good time for American racing, let’s enjoy it!

Images: Haas F1 Team

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Growing up in a racing family, Steve Aibel was surrounded by Allards, Crosleys and Corvettes! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Steve was drawn to the automobile magazines strewn throughout the house and Formula 1 in particular. With go karts, motorcycles and vintage race cars in the garage, it was inevitable that the torch would be carried by Steve. Lime Rock Park was his own personal playground while still keeping an eye on the pinnacle of motorsports overseas called Formula 1. Now, in the shadows of Circuit of the Americas, Steve is able to not only follow F1, he makes it the object of this racing stories. This passion for Formula 1 is shared weekly writing original articles for both Tribute Racing and Drafting the Circuits. He also participates in two weekly radio shows. Drafting The Circuits, (, which airs Tuesday evening at 7 pm CST and Formula 1 Racing Plus (, which broadcasts throughout the week on Performance Motorsports Network. Steve's motorsports photography can be found at

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