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Haas VF-16
Race Car
Category Haas
Constructor Formula One
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque with honeycomb structure
Suspension (front) Carbon fibre wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers
Suspension (rear) Same as front
Engine Ferrari 059/5 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine, limited to 15,000 RPM in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout

Electric motor: Kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems

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Transmission Ferrari eight-speed sequential semi-automatic paddle-operated gearbox
Fuel Shell V-Power
Tyres Pirelli P Zero (dry), Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
Notable entrants Haas F1 team
Notable drivers 8. Romain Grosjean

21. Esteban Gutiérrez

Debut 2016 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 12
Race victories 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
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The Haas VF-16 is a Formula One car designed and built by Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara on behalf of Haas F1 Team for use in the 2016 Formula One season. The car is powered by Ferrari's 2016-specification power unit, the Ferrari 059/5. It is being driven by former Lotus driver Romain Grosjeanand Esteban Gutiérrez, who has made his return to competition after spending the 2015 season as a testing and development driver for Ferrari. The car made its competitive debut at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.

Development history Edit

Naming Edit

The origin of naming the car "VF-16" is derived from the first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation, the VF-1, launched in 1988. The "V" stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added "F1" to the name to unofficially designate it as the company's "Very First One".

Design Edit

Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara was contracted to design the VF-16 in December 2014, shortly after Haas' entry was accepted to the grid. Team founder Gene Haas chose to structure the team as a client of Scuderia Ferrari, and as a result, the VF-16 shares several elements—including the gearbox and suspension—with Ferrari's 2016 entry, the SF16-H.

Testing Edit

The VF-16 was unveiled at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the first pre-season test. Its early testing phase was overshadowed by a front wing failure, fuel feed problems and complications surrounding a turbo failure.

In competition Edit

The VF-16 made its competitive début at the Australian Grand Prix, where it made an inauspicious start to its season when Romain Grosjean collided withRio Haryanto in pit lane during practice. Both Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez were eliminated early in qualifying, with both VF-16s occupying the penultimate row of the grid. During the race, Grosjean ran as high as tenth when Gutiérrez collided with Fernando Alonso, causing Alonso's McLaren to roll over and prompting the race to be temporarily stopped while the scene of the accident was cleaned up. The team took advantage of the race stoppage to switch Grosjean's strategy, putting him on the most durable tyre compound available and running him to the end of the race on one set of tyres. Grosjean finished sixth, scoring eight World Championship points and making Haas the first start-up team to score points on their début since Toyota in 2002.

At the next round in Bahrain, Grosjean qualified in ninth place and went on to best his Melbourne result by finishing fifth. Gutiérrez qualified in thirteenth place, but once again retired from the race, this time with brake problems.

Complete Formula One results Edit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2016 Haas F1 Team Ferrari 059/5 P
Romain Grosjean 6 5 19 8 Ret 13 14 13 7 Ret 14 13 28* 8th*
Esteban Gutiérrez Ret Ret 14 17 11 11 13 16 11 16 13 11

* Season still in progress

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