2016 Formula One cars launched: car and test analysis
Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren, Force India, Williams, Mercedes, Haas and Red Bull have all launched their cars for the 2016 Formula One season.Some teams have debuted new liveries, others with minor tweaks – and some others have seen significant structural changes to their vehicles.Here’s a quick look and analysis of each following the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
#11 Haas F1: VF16
The only new team on the circuit this year, and the first American team in over two decades, Haas will have two drivers with Formula One experience piloting its vehicles.
The team, widely considered a b-team for Ferrari, who are using its wind tunnels, field their former test and development driver Esteban Gutierrez alongside the more experienced Romain Grosjean, who left Lotus at the end of the 2015 season.
Gutierrez did have a primary seat in Formula One, driving for Sauber for the 2013-2014 season, but having not shown results, took on the test driving role at Ferrari the following year.
With no previous car to draw comparisons to, the Haas VF16, with the V for ‘Vertical’ according to team owner Gene Haas, has a mix of dark grey, light grey and red in its livery.
The livery is inspired by “from the scheme of Haas Automation’s complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers,” according to a release on the team’s website.
Haas, founded by American Gene Haas, is the largest manufacturer of machine tools in North America, a strong reason behind their choice of livery.
Structurally, there are not many similarities to the 2016 Ferrari vehicle, with the car neither particularly wide nor narrow, but with wide-set sidepods. The front is also relatively higher than those of other cars on the track this year, with the nose slightly wider and higher as well.