Haas to unveil 2016 F1 car at Barcelona test

The Haas Formula 1 team will wait until the morning of the first pre-season test at Barcelona next month to unveil its new car.

Haas to unveil 2016 F1 car at Barcelona test

Although the American outfit was the first to pass the mandatory 2016 crash tests, it has elected to join a number of other outfits in holding back revealing its new challenger until shortly before testing begins.

The Ferrari-powered car, which will be driven by Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, will be rolled out in the Barcelona pit lane on the morning of February 22.

Haas has not given any hints yet about its colour scheme for 2016, but did release a corporate rendering last week to highlight its F1 activity featuring a silver-and-black livery (pictured above).

Launch timing

Although testing is starting later than normal this year, F1 teams are continuing their traditions of moving away from the separate launch events that used to take place.

Instead, for technical reasons, to keep their designs secret for longer and for expenditure reasons, teams prefer to either unveil cars online or wait until the Barcelona test.

At the moment, McLaren has scheduled the earliest launch date with an online reveal on February 21 – but it is possible that Ferrari will reveal its car with a web launch a few days before that.

2016 F1 car launch dates:

Team Engine Drivers Launch date
 Mercedes

 Mercedes

 Lewis Hamilton

 Nico Rosberg

TBA
 Ferrari

 Ferrari

 Sebastian Vettel

 Kimi Raikkonen

TBA
 Williams

 Mercedes

 Valtteri Bottas

 Felipe Massa

TBA
 Red Bull

 Renault

 Daniil Kvyat

 Daniel Ricciardo

February 17 (livery)
 Force India

 Mercedes

 Sergio Perez

 Nico Hulkenberg

TBA
 Renault

 Renault

 Pastor Maldonado

 Jolyon Palmer

February 3 (team launch)
 Toro Rosso

 Ferrari

 Max Verstappen

 Carlos Sainz Jr.

TBA
 Sauber

 Ferrari

 Felipe Nasr

 Marcus Ericsson

TBA
 McLaren

 Honda

 Jenson Button

 Fernando Alonso

February 21
 Manor  Mercedes TBA
TBA
February 22
 Haas

 Ferrari

 Romain Grosjean

 Esteban Gutierrez 

February 22
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