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Haas F1 launch: We looked at rivals for 'baseline' - Steiner

Guenther Steiner: Our methodology behind the VF-16 was to make it the best evolution of a good F1 car
Guenther Steiner says the Haas F1 Team looked at what the successful teams were doing in order to get a “baseline” of the direction to go in with their maiden challenger.

The Haas F1 Team became the latest outfit to show off its new car on Sunday afternoon, with team principal Steiner adding that the rear of the VF-16 was pretty much defined by the Ferrari power unit.

“Just as Haas Automation's products continually evolve, becoming better and more efficient, our methodology behind the VF-16 was to make it the best evolution of a good F1 car,” Steiner said.

“We're a new team, so we looked at what the successful teams were doing to give us a baseline of the direction we needed to go with our design.

“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.

"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.”

Meanwhile, Steiner reiterated that the team is targeting points in its first year.

“Our goal with this car is to score points,” he confirmed.

“First though, 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.”

by Rob Wilkins

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