American racing team Haas F1 is moving on to pre-testing in February this year at Barcelona in Spain after its car passed the mandatory crash test of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile early this month.
Haas F1 is the first American team to compete in Formula One in more than 30 years.
The team said in a statement that the car, the name of which has yet to be announced, features a Dallara-built chassis and power from Ferrari, which Haas has a multi-year technical agreement that includes support and covers supply of the transmission and other components. Team owner and chairman Gene Haas told Sky Sports that despite being called the “Ferrari B team,” their car will in some ways be better than the Italian maker’s cars because they took a less conventional design approach.
The car will debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March with former Renault F1 driver Romain Grosjean and former Sauber and Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutierrez behind the wheel. Haas said the team took on Gutierrez because part of its deal with Ferrari included working with the Italian company’s drivers.
Haas F1 was established in 2014 by Haas, who founded CNC machine tool builder Haas Automation Inc., with former Jaguar F1 managing director Guenther Steiner as team principal. The team is based in Kannapolis, North Carolina together with his championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Stewart-Haas Racing.
Haas F1 also bought the former Marussia headquarters in Oxfordshire in England as a base for its European races.It is the first American F1 team since the Haas Lola team (unrelated to Gene Haas) in the mid-1980s.