Haas F1 Team’s 2017 Challenger: The VF-17

The VF-17 follows the team’s very first car, the VF-16, which carried Haas F1 Team to an eighth-place finish in the 2016 constructor standings. Twenty-nine points were scored by the VF-16 during Haas F1 Team’s inaugural season, the largest points haul of any new Formula One team in this millennium.

Incorporating “VF” into the name of the car is a nod to the history of Haas Automation, the team’s title sponsor. The first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation was the VF-1 in 1988. The “V” stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene

Sainz boosted by Toro Rosso F1 2017 similarities to Mercedes

Toro Rosso became the final team to unveil its 2017 challenger at Barcelona on Sunday, with the STR12 featuring a Mercedes-style front suspension, sidepod and nose layout. With the Faenza-based team having impressed with its aerodynamic development over recent years, Sainz has said he hopes the Mercedes similarities bode well for what Toro Rosso can deliver this year. “I first need to … Keep reading

Haas reveals its second Formula 1 car

Images of the car had already leaked out on social media after the team conducted a filming day at Barcelona on Saturday. The new Haas featured an adjusted livery with a greater degree of grey, as well as the ‘shark fin’ on the engine cover that most 2017 F1 designs so far have featured. “I think the pedal box is the same, but all the rest is very different from last year’s car,” said … Keep reading

New McLaren completes first run at Barcelona

The Honda-powered MCL32, which was unveiled to the public on Friday, took the the Spanish circuit in the hands of local hero Fernando Alonso. McLaren is the eighth team whose 2017 car has taken to the track. Only Red Bull, which will unveil its RB13 today, and Force India are yet to run with their new challengers. Testing at the Barcelona circuit kicks off tomorrow. … Keep reading