The Formula 1 scene is buzzing with Hamilton’s Ferrari move and Andretti’s entry bid denial, but let’s not overlook the excitement of livery and car reveals with the season just around the corner. Haas recently pulled the wraps off its 2024 car, the VF-24, showcasing a fresh design with more red and white accents and a departure from the previous black-dominated livery.
Evolving the Formula: VF-24 Upgrades
Haas’ latest car is a progression from the upgraded model fielded last year, boasting sculpted side pods and a revamped chassis featuring repositioned radiator components and a modified impact protection bar. These changes align the VF-24 more closely with the updated designs observed in McLaren and other teams last season.
New team principal Ayao Komatsu, managing expectations for the VF-24, stated, “We’re realistic about our initial expectations, but showcasing the VF-24 is always an exciting moment in any Formula 1 season. There’s a lot of work ahead to boost our performance, but our team is highly motivated and eager to hit the track with the VF-24. We’re ready to make progress and can’t wait to get the season underway.”
Nico Hulkenberg Takes the Wheel: Testing and Optimism
Team driver Nico Hulkenberg will take on early testing duties, scheduled to drive the VF-24 at Silverstone Circuit on February 11. The team is gearing up for pre-season testing in Bahrain from February 21 through 23, leading up to the season’s kickoff on March 2.
Haas, historically considered one of the less competitive teams on the grid, has recently undergone significant changes. With a shift in team leadership and adjustments to the driver lineup, including the removal of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, the team aims to turn a new leaf with the VF-24.