Haas unveils 2020 Formula 1 livery

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White, red and black colours will replace the Rich Energy black and gold livery on Haas's 2020 Formula 1 car

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Haas has ended its Rich Energy era for good, unveiling a new livery to replace the black and gold colours of last season’s troubled sponsor.

It’s the first team to reveal its 2020 Formula 1 livery, which uses the white, black and red colours of Haas Automation.

Formula 1’s only American team endured its worst season to date, finishing the 2019 championship in ninth place in the constructors’ standings.

Team owner Gene Haas said he was hopeful that the reverting to familiar colours would bring back past form.

“I’m pleased to see the car return to the more familiar Haas Automation colours, it’s certainly a livery that people identify with,” Haas said.

“Frankly, I’m hoping the VF-20 will return us to the kind of form we ran in 2018 when we finished fifth in the constructors’ championship.

“2019 was a tough season to endure. We’ve been through a real education process, one that comes to all Formula One teams at some stage. I’m trusting we’ve learned from those lessons and have applied that knowledge into making the VF-20 a more competitive entry.

“It’s important to me that we’re back in the mix and consistently scoring points, we certainly have the capability and we’ve proved as an organisation we can do it.”

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Ahead of the launch of the 2020 car itself, team principal Guenther Steiner said that the new VF-20 would have to be a marked improvement on last season’s disappointing effort.

“It’s always exciting to see the development of a new Formula One car and undoubtedly the VF-20 has to deliver where our previous car didn’t,” he said.

“With the regulations remaining stable into this season, it’s allowed us to improve our understanding of the car and to scrutinise ourselves more in order to find solutions and applications to channel into the design of the VF-20.

“Last year was definitely a set-back, one I would never have asked for, but you learn from such situations – we all have. Everybody at the team was forced to look at themselves and understand what they can do better.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the VF-20 make its track debut. As always in testing, you want many things, but lots of mileage, reliability and speed would be welcomed as we ready ourselves for the first race in Australia.”

Haas will unveil its full 2020 car on the morning of the first pre-season test at Barcelona, on February 19th.

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