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2018 Haas VF-18

Haas F1 Team's 2018 challenger in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the VF-18, made its official debut via the organization's social media platforms and website.

The VF-18 is an evolution of the team's second car, the VF-17, which carried Haas F1 Team to an eighth-place finish in the 2017 constructors standings. Forty-seven points were scored by the VF-17 during Haas F1 Team's sophomore season, 18 points more than the total earned in the organization's debut season in 2016.

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 has taken on added significance as Haas utilizes Formula One to build Haas Automation into a premium, global brand.

'People see what we can do in Formula One and people believe Haas Automation can build world-class machine tools,' said Haas, whose entry in 2016 became the first American Formula One team since 1986. 'Being a Formula One participant brings a level of credibility that you just won't get through traditional advertising.'

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

8-speed Automatic
Haas has built Haas Automation into the largest machine tool manufacturer in North America by focusing on the details amid constant refinement. He has applied those same attributes to Haas F1 Team.

'We eliminated a lot of the variables where we knew we were weak,' Haas §äid. 'We've focused on what it's going to take to get our car to be consistent and close that gap to the top teams.'

Beyond refinement, the VF-18 carries the significant addition of the halo and a drastic reduction in the sharkfin.

'The biggest part of the car's evolution was the addition of the halo,' said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. 'It took quite a bit of study by the aerodynamicists, but the designers had to work hard to modify the chassis so the halo could survive the mandated loads. The total minimum weight of the car increased because of the halo, and there's a higher center of gravity simply because of the halo's position. But, everyone is in the same boat.

'The regulations stayed pretty stable between 2017 and 2018, so the VF-18 is an evolution of our car from last year. It's less about reinvention and more about refinement. You see elements we had from last year on the car this year.

'Our 2017 car was actually pretty good, but we didn't always get the best out of it, and that's what we aimed to change in 2018. We got the car as light as possible to carry more ballast. We were able to do a better job of putting the weight where we wanted it.'

The corporate colors of Haas Automation were carried over to the VF-18. Gray makes up the majority of the livery, augmented wîth tones of red and black that incorporates 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-18 showcases Haas Automation's commitment to technology and innovation to a passionate, global audience.

'The livery is a little bit of a return to what we had on our first car, the VF-16,' Steiner added. 'Its look is clean and precise, just like the machine tools made by Haas Automation.'

The VF-18 tests at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya Feb. 26-March 1 and again March 6-9 before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 25 in Melbourne.

Source - Haas
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2018 Season
Engine: Ferrari 063 1.6 V6 t

2017 Entry: VF-17
2016 Entry: VF-16

2018 Formula One Season
 Haas-Hall RacingHaasVF-18 France Romain Grosjean
Denmark Kevin Magnussen 
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Monaco Charles Leclerc 
 WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
Russia Sergey Sirotkin
Canada Lance Stroll 
 Red Bull RacingRed Bull
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Netherlands Max Emilian Verstappen 
 Renault F1 TeamRenault
R.S. 18 
Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg
Spain Carlos 'Carlos Sainz, Jr.' Sainz Vázquez de Castro 
Spain Fernando Alonso
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 
 Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
Germany Sebastian Vettel 
 Force India Formula One TeamForce India
France Esteban Ocon
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
W09 EQ Power 
Finland Valtteri Bottas
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton 

2018 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix  Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMar 2018   
 Bahrain Grand Prix  Bahrain International CircuitApr 2018   
 Chinese Grand Prix  ShanghaiApr 2018   
Azerbaijan Grand Prix  Baku City CircuitApr 2018   
 Spanish Grand Prix  Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2018   
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 2018   
 Canadian Grand Prix  Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2018   
 French Grand Prix  Paul RicardJun 2018   
 Austrian Grand Prix  SpielbergJul 2018   
 British Grand Prix  SilverstoneJul 2018   
 German Grand Prix  HockenheimringJul 2018   
 Hungarian Grand Prix  HungaroringJul 2018   
 Belgian Grand Prix  Spa-FrancorchampsAug 2018   
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 2018   
Singapore Grand Prix  Marina BaySep 2018   
 Russian Grand Prix  Sochi International Street Circuit, SochiSep 2018   
 Japanese Grand Prix  SuzukaOct 2018   
 United States Grand Prix  Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TexasOct 2018   
 Mexican Grand Prix  Autódromo Hermanos RodríguezOct 2018   
 Brazilian Grand Prix  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2018   
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix  Yas MarinaNov 2018   

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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