Haas VF-16

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Haas VF-16
Romain Grosjean 2016 Malaysia FP2 1.jpg
The Haas VF-16, driven by Romain Grosjean, during the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Category Formula One
Constructor Haas
Successor Haas VF-17
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque with honeycomb structure
Suspension (front) Carbon fibre wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers
Suspension (rear) same as front
Length 5,200 mm (205 in)
Width 1,800 mm (71 in)
Height 950 mm (37 in)
Wheelbase 3,500 mm (138 in)
Engine Ferrari 061[1] 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
Transmission Ferrari eight-speed sequential semi-automatic paddle-operated gearbox
Battery Ferrari lithium-ion batteries
Weight 702 kg (1,548 lb)
Fuel Shell V-Power
Lubricants Pennzoil Ultra Platinum
Brakes Brembo
Tyres Pirelli P Zero (dry), Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
Competition history
Notable entrants Haas F1 Team
Notable drivers 8. France Romain Grosjean
21. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez
Debut 2016 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
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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.[2] The car was powered by Ferrari's 2016-specification power unit, the Ferrari 061.[3] It was driven by former Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez, who has made his return to competition after spending the 2015 season as a testing and development driver for Ferrari.[4] The car made its competitive debut at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.

This was the first Formula One car to use Pennzoil lubricant.

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".[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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 with Rio 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.[N 1]

At the next round in Bahrain, Grosjean qualified in ninth place and went on to beat 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
AUS BHR CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR HUN GER BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU
2016 Haas F1 Team Ferrari 061 P
Romain Grosjean 6 5 19 8 Ret 13 14 13 7 Ret 14 13 13 11 DNS Ret 11 10 20 DNS 11 29 8th
Esteban Gutiérrez Ret Ret 14 17 11 11 13 16 11 16 13 11 12 13 11 Ret 20 Ret 19 Ret 12

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Although both Red Bull Racing and Brawn GP scored points on their début in 2005 and 2009, both teams had previously competed under different names before being bought by Red Bull and Brawn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bourne Identity". Haas F1 Team. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Ben (14 April 2014). "Gene Haas eyes Dallara chassis tie-up for F1 entry". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publication. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ferrari - Haas, una collaborazione che funziona bene". Motorsport.it (in Italian). Motorsport. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "2016 Final F1 Entry List". fia.com. FIA. Archived from the original on 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Introducing the VF-16". Haas F1 Team. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex. "More than a B-team – the story so far of Formula 1's newest team: Haas F1". James Allen on F1. James Allen. 
  7. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex. "Valtteri Bottas pips Lewis Hamilton in Barcelona testing as Haas F1 suffers". James Allen on F1. James Allen.