Formula 1 2018: Haas is First to Unveil New Car

Haas F1 2018 VF18

Haas F1 has become the first constructor to reveal the 2018 challenger that will be piloted by Kevin “Suck My Balls” Magnussen and Romain Gorsjean. It’s an event which is worth noting double, too, since the Haas VF18 is also the first Formula 1 race car to be revealed with a fully integrated version of the controversial “halo” safety system that’s been made mandatory this year.

We’ll talk about the halo more down the road, probably. For now, however, I just want to bask in the glow of fresh Formula 1 news and revel in Haas’ latest car launch, which happened yesterday on Twitter. You can watch that, below …


… and, if the car seems familiar to you, there’s good reason for that. The new Haas VF18’s livery is similar to that campaigned in team’s first F1 season. But, if you feel like there’s something more to find familiar about the car, you’re not the only one.

Salvatore Asero posted a number of side-by-side photos of the 2018 VF18 and the 2017 Ferrari SF70H. They look pretty similar- especially in the sidepods, which is one area that Ferrari is almost universally believed to have found an edge in last season.

Given the commercial ties between Ferrari and Haas, it shouldn’t be a huge shock to see Ferrari’s ideas “make their way” over to Haas. Even so, eyebrows will be raised- especially by Red Bull, who was specifically told it could not share information with its junior team, Toro Rosso. Take a look at the pictures, below, and let us know what you think of the VF18’s visual similarity to last year’s Ferrari in the comments section at the bottom of the page.



Source | Images: Haas, via Planet F1; Salvatore Asero.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.