The Haas Formula 1 team has unveiled its new black and gold car livery ahead of the 2019 season alongside title sponsor Rich Energy.

In a launch event at the Royal Automobile Club in London on Thursday, Haas became the first team to offer a glimpse of its look for the 2019 campaign by unveiling its heavily-revised livery.

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Haas raced in red, grey and white through its first three seasons in F1, but has adopted the black and gold colours of new title sponsor Rich Energy for 2019.

Haas enjoyed its best season in F1 to date in 2018, finishing fifth in the constructors' championship with almost double the points of the previous campaign.

“This is the time of the season when you hope you’ve got designs right and you can be competitive straight away,” said Haas F1 team owner Gene Haas.

“The new car looks distinctive, not only in terms of its color scheme, but also with the new regulations in play. Hopefully those design changes brought in for 2019 will improve the racing on-track, and more importantly give us a shot at making more of an impact at each grand prix.”

Team principal Guenther Steiner added: “It’s important that we keep progressing as a team, and this season is no different. Our partnership with Rich Energy is another positive example of moving forward as an organisation.

"We’re pleased to see their colors on the VF-19, we welcome them as they join our valued partner group in utilising Formula 1 as a global marketing platform. While 2018 delivered our best season to-date, the year showed, sometimes sharply, that we still have areas to improve on as a team. On-track, our push for performance started early with the VF-19, our next step is to get to Spain and utilize our time there wisely to prepare for Australia.”

The new livery was unveiled on Haas' 2018 car, the VF-18, with a new-spec 2019 front wing attached to the front. The team has confirmed the physical unveil on the new VF-19 car will take place at 8am on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on February 18.

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