FIRST LOOK: Haas’ 2024 F1 car breaks cover at Silverstone shakedown

Haas' VF-24 F1 car has hit the track for the first time for a shakedown test at Silverstone.
Haas' 2024 F1 car, the VF-24
Haas' 2024 F1 car, the VF-24

Haas have become the latest team to run their 2024 F1 car ahead of the new season during a shakedown test at Silverstone.

The American outfit shared a clip of the VF-24 leaving the garage as it headed out to complete its first laps around the British Grand Prix venue on social media.

It marks the first time that Haas’ 2024 challenger has been seen in public after the team released digital renders of its latest F1 car earlier this month.

Nico Hulkenberg was first to get behind the wheel of the VF-24.

Oh how we’ve missed that sound 

The #VF24 has completed its first lap at our Silverstone Shakedown. #HaasF1

— MoneyGram Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) February 11, 2024

Haas will carry out a second shakedown event in Bahrain the day before official pre-season testing gets underway.

F1 teams are now allowed to complete 400km of running - up from 200km - during these two permitted days of ‘promotional events’.

Sauber became the first team to run their 2024 F1 car on track at Barcelona on Saturday.

Haas are looking to bounce back from a difficult 2023 campaign which saw them end the year bottom of the constructors’ championship in 10th.

Despite the VF-23 showing impressive flashes of speed at times in qualifying, the car struggled badly over race distances, resulting in Hulkenberg and teammate Kevin Magnussen regularly tumbling out of the points-scoring positions.

Long-serving team principal Guenther Steiner has left Haas and has been replaced by Ayao Komatsu, the team’s former director of engineering.  

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