Haas reiterate points desire after first F1 car launch


Haas F1 have reiterated their desire to compete for points after revealing images of their first Formula One car ahead of a 2016 debut.

The United States-based team will be on the grid for the first time this season and have set the bar high ahead of their new venture.

Haas' new car, the VF-16, which gets its name from being Haas' 'Very First One', is powered by a Ferrari unit and is a result of two years of development.

Team principal Guenther Steiner is keen to earn the respect of the other teams and compete in the upper echelons of F1.

"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," he told Haas' official website.

"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 with this car is to score points. 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."

Haas will be testing in Barcelona between February 22-25 and again at the beginning of March.

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez were chosen as Haas' first driver line-up and will be behind the wheel for the season opener in Melbourne on March 20.