To mark their fourth season, they opted for their first physical F1 launch, enveloping a 2018-spec auto - that did at least feature one of the bigger and wider 2019-spec front wings -with their new black and gold livery, while also releasing digital renderings of the VF-19 online that gives us a first glimpse of the new machines.
"We can try. If we achieve it or not, I don't know, but if you don't try, for sure you don't achieve it". In 2018, Haas was the first team to reveal its entr. "If you have no target, you never achieve anything". But I'm confident that we have got again a solid vehicle.
While Steiner acknowledged the team remained inconsistent in 2018, their car's pace was such that they regularly were the fourth-fastest team behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
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"Last year, I think we had the fourth-fastest auto, we finished fifth [in the standings], I know about that, but the next one up was Red Bull. Our ambition is to take a step forward but it's a competitive place that we are now and it would take a lot of hard work and a very good job to do that".
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says "the year showed, sometimes sharply, that we still have areas to improve on".
"We'll see about McLaren and Williams, two very big teams who haven't been performing to their level the last few years".
Then, late previous 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. The team is now funded by the UK-based energy drinks company Rich Energy after it struck a deal with the latter late a year ago. By every metric, they were vastly superior. In terms of they're uniquely positioned to exploit regulation changes. The 2019 F1 season starts on March 14, 2019, in Australia.