By Alan Baldwin
LONDON – The US.-owned Haas Formula One team introduced its 2021 automobile in Russian colors on Thursday with potash producer Uralkali, owned by the billionaire father of latest Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, becoming a member of as title sponsor.
Mazepin shall be partnered in an all-rookie lineup with Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari nice Michael and the reigning F2 champion.
Ferrari-powered Haas, ninth final season with simply three factors, are owned by machine-tools industrialist Gene Haas.
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“We look forward to representing their brand throughout the season,” the American mentioned in a assertion saying the multi-year deal.
“It’s definitely a case of all change but I’m hoping that we get back to being in the mix for scoring some points at these races.
“It’s been a powerful couple of seasons, however we’ve additionally bought our eye on the larger image, specifically 2022 and the implementation of the brand new laws.”
The team released images of the car in a predominantly white livery with red and blue flourishes.
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The front wing replicated the white, blue and red bands of the Russian flag.
Haas also announced German telecoms provider 1&1 as a sponsor.
Team principal Guenther Steiner said it would be a learning year with the team looking to the future and big rule changes next year.
“It’s no secret that the VF-21 is not going to be developed as we focus our energies now on the 2022 automobile and, what we hope, shall be a extra level-playing area,” he said.
“We all know roughly the place we anticipate to be this season when it comes to the competitors, however we should guarantee we’re there to capitalize on alternatives once they current themselves.”
The new car will run for the first time in testing in Bahrain on March 12. The season starts at the Sakhir circuit on March 28.