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2016 Haas VF-16

The VF-16, Haas F1 Team's first racecar, has arrived. The car officially broke cover via Haas F1 Team's social media channels and Website. It hits the track Monday for the first day of preseason testing at the Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya.

The origin of naming the car 'VF-16' goes back to the first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation, the VF-1, launched 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'.

Now as chairman of Haas F1 Team, the 'F1' moniker of that first machine takes on new significance as Haas joins the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, becoming the first American-led Formula One team in 30 years.

'From an international standpoint, Formula One is the highest echelon of racing, and Haas Automation builds the highest-quality machine tools,' said Haas, who has grown Haas Automation into the largest machine tool builder in North America wîth more than $1 billion in annual sales. 'When you hear 'F1' you know exactly what it is - a global racing series that showcases the latest technology and attracts the best talent in engineering and design. Haas Automation has an excellent reputation in the Únited States and I want that reputation to grow worldwide. Connecting Haas Automation wîth F1 in name and in practice is the best way to grow our business and elevate Haas Automation to a premium, global brand.'

The dark gray, light gray and red-toned livery of the VF-16 was derived from the scheme 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 those machines to more than 60 countries. The VF-16 showcases Haas Automation's commitment to technology and innovation to a passionate, global audience.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 600 hp

8-speed Semi-Automatic
'Just as Haas Automation's products continually evolve, becoming better and more efficient, our methodology behind the VF-16 was to make it the best evolution of a good F1 car,' said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. 'We're a new team, so we looked at what the successful teams were doing to give us a baseline of the direction we needed to go wîth our design.


'We have very experienced designers who worked hard to develop all the little things from an aerodynamic perspective that, collectively, add up to a lot. And our technical partner, Ferrari, provided our power unit, and that really defined the rear end of the car and how big it needed to be.

'Our goal wîth this car is to score points,' Steiner states. '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.'

The VF-16 tests at Barcelona Feb. 22-25 and again March 1-4 before its debut race, the season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 20 in Melbourne.

Source - Haas
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Drivers:
 Romain Grosjean
Esteban Gutiérrez

Team
 Haas-Hall Racing

2016 Season
Points: 29
Position: 8
Engine: Ferrari

2018 Entry: VF-18
2017 Entry: VF-17



2016 Formula One Season
PosTeamConstructorChassisDriversPoints
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-BenzW07 United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
Germany Nico Erik Rosberg 
765
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
SF16-H 
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
Germany Sebastian Vettel 
398
Force India Formula One TeamForce India
VJM09 
Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
173
WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
FW38 
Finland Valtteri Bottas
Brazil Felipe Massa 
138
Honda Marlboro McLarenMcLaren
MP4-31 Honda 
Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 
76
Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
STR11 
Spain Carlos 'Carlos Sainz, Jr.' Sainz Vázquez de Castro
Netherlands Max Emilian Verstappen 
63
Haas-Hall RacingHaas
VF-16 
France Romain Grosjean
Esteban Gutiérrez 
29
Renault F1 TeamRenault
R.S. 16 
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 
8
10 SauberSauber
C35 
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Brazil Luiz Felipe de Oliveira 'Felipe Nasr' Nasr 
2
11 Manor MotorsportMercedes-Benz Rio Haryanto
France Esteban Ocon
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 
1
 Red Bull RacingRed Bull
RB12 
Russia Daniil Kvyat
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 

2016 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMar 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitApr 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix ShanghaiApr 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Russian Grand Prix Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit, SochiMay 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2016  Max Emilian VerstappenRed Bull 
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoMay 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 European Grand Prix European Grand Prix Baku City CircuitJun 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Austrian Grand Prix Austrian Grand Prix SpielbergJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 British Grand Prix British Grand Prix SilverstoneJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian Grand Prix HungaroringJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 German Grand Prix German Grand Prix HockenheimringJul 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian Grand Prix Spa-FrancorchampsAug 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Italian Grand Prix Italian Grand Prix MonzaSep 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Grand Prix Marina BaySep 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian Grand Prix SepangOct 2016  Daniel RicciardoRed Bull 
 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese Grand Prix SuzukaOct 2016  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 United States Grand Prix United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TexasOct 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Mexican Grand Prix Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos RodríguezOct 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Brazilian Grand Prix  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas MarinaNov 2016  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 

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
2017 L. Hamilton

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