Haas to unveil 2016 challenger at Barcelona test

by Gemma Bray

The Haas Formula 1 team have announced that they will unveil their 2016 car the morning of the first pre-season test at Barcelona next month.

The American team was the first to pass the FIA’s mandatory crash tests at the beginning of January, but has decided to hold back their reveal until shortly before pre-season testings begins at the Circuit de Catalunya, joining a number of other teams.

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez will drive for Haas in the team’s debut Formula 1 season. The Ferrari-powered car will first be seen when it rolls out of the Barcelona pit lane on the morning of 22 February.

There has been no indication as to the team’s colour scheme for 2016 but to highlight their F1 activity they released a corporate rendering last week, which featured a silver and black livery.

For a few teams, the changes made to the 2016 calendar by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has caused some delay. Sauber announced that their 2016 car will not be ready until the second pre-season test. The team will still be present for the first test as they confirmed that they will bring a modified version of their 2015 car with their new 2016 livery.

Currently McLaren-Honda have the earliest car launch date with an online reveal on 21 February. Renault are planning a team launch in Paris on 3 February to confirm their new title, management team and drivers, but there has been no confirmation to say if this will be on their 2016 chassis or a modified version of their 2015 car.

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