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F1 podium still a long way off for new-look Haas

11 February, 2019, 06:27 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Haas 'confident we can beat Red Bull' says Storey

The firm's black-and-gold colour scheme was the influence for the 2019 livery, Haas originally sported a grey and red livery in its first three years.

Only once past year, just like the season before, did a driver from a team outside the top three appear on the podium, and both of those races involved some freak circumstances.

Haas have set a target of improving on last season's career-best finish of fifth in the world championship.

Speaking at today's livery reveal, Rich Energy CEO, Williams Storey, was keen to dismiss the claims about his company, insisting that it is a serious player and is targeting Red Bull, both on the race track and off, as it aims to become the number one energy drink.

"We are confident we will beat Red Bull in many races this year", he said.

Magnussen, who started his career at McLaren with a surprise second place on his debut in Australia in 2014 - a result that once-great team has not exceeded since - sounded more optimistic.

"We welcome their commitment to us as an organisation, and together we share an ambition to advance further in our respective fields".

He added: "There's been an bad lot of talk of ownership, previous regime and the future, but ultimately it's going to remain the pinnacle long term".

"We have new regulations coming and the budget cap, and no one knows how that will work".

Red Bull have switched to Honda engines from Renault this season, with a question mark over performance and reliability while Haas have a Ferrari power unit in the back of their auto.

Team principal Gunther Steiner said: "I am pretty confident we have a pretty solid vehicle".

"I just hope that we won't get these extremes in areas where [it's as if] you're not racing anymore". He felt Haas, which has retained a close technical and engine partnership with Ferrari since joining the grid in 2016, has the best business model going.

Then, late past year, having been courted by Williams in Austin, Rich Energy made an 11th hour decision to take its money to Haas, once again raising eyebrows in the paddock and on social media. "And holding on to it means that you need to improve".



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