Haas has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal its 2024 car with the digital launch of the VF-24 ahead of its takedown at Silverstone on February 11.
The new car was shown off only through digital renderings released by Haas on Friday, with an evolutionary approach to the car developed last season and a similar modification to the mostly black livery. New team principal Ayao Komatsu says the car is not a radical departure that will move the team quickly forward, but he hopes it will provide a platform for progress.
“We are realistic about our expectations for the start of the VF-24, but it is still an exciting moment in any Formula 1 season to showcase the car,” Komatsu said. “We have a lot of work to do to make progress and increase our performance, but everyone here is very excited and eager to get on the right track with VF-24.
“I know we will make the most of our time in Bahrain with all the different elements we need to move forward. Bottom line, we can’t wait to get the season started and get going.”
Komatsu says the 2024 car is another step up from the updated design introduced at last October’s US Grand Prix, with the potential for bigger changes under the bodywork.
“In terms of the physical changes, as everyone knows, when we did the upgrade in Austin that was the concept for this year’s car – but because we had the physical limitations of the side impact structure, the ray duct arrangement, the cooling arrangement, we couldn’t do it. Executing the full VF-24 type concept. I knew exactly where we were going this year, but everyone saw the preview in Austin.
Haas finished last in the constructors’ championship standings last season, and the result led to the departure of Gunter Steiner from his position as team principal, with team owner Gene Haas keen to measure any improvements during the season.
“I’m looking forward to seeing VF-24 up and running, a feeling I know I share with our partners and the entire team,” Haas said. “In Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, we also know that we have a great pair of drivers behind the wheel, and their experience will prove invaluable once again as we develop our program throughout the year.
“We used the slack to put processes in place to be better and ultimately improve our overall performance. Soon we will see how we do.”