Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

F1 podium still a long way off for new-look Haas

F1 podium still a long way off for new-look Haas

Haas has become the first team to launch its 2019 vehicle ahead of the new Formula 1 season, revealing an all-new look for the eagerly-anticipated VF-19.

As for the long-bearded Storey's comments about beating Red Bull "on the track", team boss Gunther Steiner defended the Rich Energy boss. They kept their promise and an absolutely stunning livery was seen earlier today.

Drivers Romain Grosjean, right, and Kevin Magnussen pose during the unveiling of their new Rich Energy Haas F1 Team 2019 auto, launched at the Royal Automobile Club in London, Thursday Feb. 7, 2019.

The team left it quite late when making the announcement but the proximity got the desired effect.

Rich Energy CEO William Storey described the team's auto as "beautiful" and said he believes sponsoring an F1 team will provide great exposure for his brand.

"We are in the part of the field where it is really competitive", Magnussen told Denmark's BT newspaper.

We've put [the new wing] on, been running, seen what we have to see and I think the next big step is to get the correlation from the circuits to see if it's actually real or not.

"It's an ambition. In racing they are very good, but you never know".

Just take a good look for yourself at the beauty of the auto.

"But I think we can do it".

Former champions Renault, who pipped Haas to fourth, McLaren and Williams are all targeting improved campaigns and Magnussen added: "Renault were strong last season, beat us to fourth, and they haven't been sleeping over the winter so are going to be very strong again this year".

The black and gold livery might ultimately have gone to Williams this year, with Storey admitting that talks with the beleaguered British team took place.

Why Haas for Rich Energy?

"We've found the ideal partner in Haas who I believe are the best-run team on the grid, and we've got an terrible lot in common as organizations". They're uniquely positioned to exploit regulation changes.

"I don't think so in 2019".

"By every metric they were vastly superior", said Storey.

"They have got a brilliant team principal and two drivers with personality, which is superb". The 2019 F1 season starts on March 14, 2019, in Australia.

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