Haas F1 are the first team to reveal their new livery for the 2022 season, in a series of images posted to social media.
The team traditionally unveils rendered images of their new livery on a base car before pulling the covers off of the car for real in the pit lane on the first morning of testing.
The team are expected to be keeping their actual VF-22 under wraps until the three-day ‘shakedown’ at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23-25 February. Due to the second trio of days of pre-season running being touted as the public unveiling of the new cars, expect the car to be officially launched then.
However today’s images look radically different to F1’s mule car.
The livery is an evolution of the predominantly white livery of last season, which drew criticism for its likeness to the Russian flag – a flag banned from global sports.
The American team finished tenth and last in the constructors’ championship last year after deciding to restrict development to the absolute bare minimum and focus on this year’s all-new design.
The team also acquired additional former Ferrari personnel last year, as Ferrari slimmed down its operations to meet the cost cap restriction. Highly rated Technical Director Simone Resta was a key signing who would have definitely had an input into the 2022 car.
Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will be sincerely hoping this strategy pays off going into the new era of technical regulations, a time which is arguably make-or-break for owner Gene Haas.