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2017 Haas VF-17 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Haas F1 Team's 2017 challenger in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the VF-17, made its official debut via the organization's social media platforms and website. It hits the track Monday for the first day of preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya.

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 standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added 'F1' to the name to unofficially designate it as the company's 'Very First One'.

As chairman of Haas F1 Team, the 'F1' moniker of that first machine takes on added significance as Haas prepares for its second Formula One season.

'Being a Formula One participant brings a level of credibility that you just won't get through traditional advertising,' says Haas, whose entry in 2016 became the first American Formula One team since 1986. 'People are kind of 'show me' people, like show me what you can do and then I'll believe in you. That was the initial concept - to convince people of our ability to do things others can't, and I think that translates into being a machine tool builder.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 740 hp

8-speed Automatic
'Bigger, Better, Faster, Lighter is what we strive for in the machining and it's what we strive for in motorsports. People see what we can do in Formula One, and people believe Haas Automation can build world-class machine tools.'


The VF-17 was built under a new set of technical regulations featuring an advanced aerodynamic package designed to create a higher level of downforce. A wider front wing, larger barge boards, a lower and wider rear wing and a diffuser that expands 50 millimeters (two inches) in height and width comprise the changes, along wîth wider tires from Pirelli, by 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) in the front and 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) in the rear, a 25-percent increase to bring the front tires to 305 millimeters (12 inches) and the rear tires to 405 millimeters (15.9 inches).

I think the pedal box is the same, but all the rest is very different from last year's car,' said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. 'You always try to make a faster car, which is normally a lighter car. Now we can put on more ballast and get better weight distribution. The aero is completely new, as are the tires, so we needed to have some built-in adjustability.

'Aesthetically, the car has a more aggressive look. It's lighter and more aerodynamically efficient. Everything we learned from our first car has been applied to our new car.'

The colors from the original car were carried over to the VF-17, but the overall scheme is different. A dark gray makes up the majority of the livery, wîth tones of red, black, white and light gray incorporating the look of Haas Automation's complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. Approximately 1,300 employees encompass Haas Automation, wîth the Oxnard, California-based company exporting its machines to more than 60 countries. The VF-17 showcases Haas Automation's commitment to technology and innovation to a passionate, global audience.

Source - Haas
 
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2017 Formula One Season
PosTeamConstructorChassisDriversPoints
 Renault F1 TeamRenaultR.S.17 Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer
Russia Sergey Sirotkin 
 SauberSauber
C36 
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 
 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
W08 EQ Power 
Finland Valtteri Bottas
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton 
 Force India Formula One TeamForce India
VJM10 
France Esteban Ocon
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
 Honda Marlboro McLarenMcLaren
MCL32 
Spain Fernando Alonso
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 
 WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
FW40 
Brazil Felipe Massa
Canada Lance Stroll 
 Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
SF70H 
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
Germany Sebastian Vettel 
 Haas-Hall RacingHaas
VF-17 
France Romain Grosjean
Denmark Kevin Magnussen 
 Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
STR12 
Russia Daniil Kvyat
Spain Carlos 'Carlos Sainz, Jr.' Sainz Vázquez de Castro 
 Red Bull RacingRed Bull
RB13 
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Netherlands Max Emilian Verstappen 

2017 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMar 2017   
 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix ShanghaiApr 2017   
 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitApr 2017   
 Russian Grand Prix Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit, SochiApr 2017   
 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2017   
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoMay 2017   
 Canadian Grand Prix  Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2017   
Azerbaijan Grand Prix  Baku City CircuitJun 2017   
 Austrian Grand Prix  SpielbergJul 2017   
 British Grand Prix  SilverstoneJul 2017   
 Hungarian Grand Prix  HungaroringJul 2017   
 Belgian Grand Prix  Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps,Spa,BelgiumAug 2017   
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 2017   
Singapore Grand Prix  Marina BaySep 2017   
 Malaysian Grand Prix  SepangOct 2017   
 Japanese Grand Prix  SuzukaOct 2017   
 United States Grand Prix  Circuit of the AmericasOct 2017   
 Mexican Grand Prix  Autódromo Hermanos RodríguezOct 2017   
 Brazilian Grand Prix  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2017   
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix  Yas MarinaNov 2017   

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg

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