Feature image: @HaasF1Team on Twitter
With a brand-new driver line-up consisting of two rookies in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, Haas F1 revealed their 2021 challenger with a Russian-flag inspired livery.
Despite the fact that the Russian flag has been banned by multiple sport bodies in response to the anti-doping ban against Russian athletes, the design by Brandon Seaber (@BrandonSeaber) features the white, blue and red flag all over the car. With Nikita Mazepin racing under a neutral flag for the 2021 season, he will still be representing his home country which has been given the all-clear after the livery was the approved by the FIA.
As well as the announcement of their brand new VF-21, the American(/Russian?) team announced some new sponsors which are present already on the car. Uralkali, partly owned by none other than Dmitry Mazepin, are the teams new title sponsor, turning the official name of the team ‘Uralkali Haas F1 Team‘. Another new sponsor sees 1&1, a German web hosting company, branded on the rear wing of the VF-21.
The 2021 season hasn’t gotten off to a great start for the team already, as they aren’t able to fire up their new car until pre-season testing. Due to the UK’s current restrictions regarding the pandemic, meaning the Ferrari technician’s that are needed for the job will have to isolate for ten days . With pre-season testing kicking off it eight days, Haas will be firing it up for the first time in Bahrain.
The team have already turned their focus to 2022, when a brand new set of regulations come into force. The team have already stated that development of the 2021 car throughout the season will not take place which can be seen as a huge risk. Haas finished ninth in the standings last season with only two points finishes all year, so with the 2021 regulations meaning the same car is transferred over then the team will be hoping for a miracle to be competitive.