The eighth single-seater in the presentation calendar was unveiled this morning, across the team’s social media channels at 8 am GTM.
It was the new VF-21, that the American team will bring on track this upcoming season and will make its physical debut on Friday March 12, the first day of pre-season testing hosted at the Bahrain International Circuit.
A new look for the 2021 single-seater, less black and more blue to represent a new sponsor and title partner.
Together with the car, in fact, the team annouced a partnership, a multi-year agreement, with the russian company "Uralkali" as they announced "One of the world’s largest potash fertilizer", starting with the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
The team from Kannapolis, North Carolina, also presented the new drivers line-up, two very young drivers that will bring a lot of freshness to the stable: Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
The German driver began his career in karting in 2008, progressed to Formula 4, and after winning the 2018 FIA F3 European Championship, moved up to Formula 2 in 2019 and won the 2020 Formula 2 Championship last year with Prema Team.
In a recent interview with Sportbild, Günther Steiner, engineer, manager and team principal of Urakali Haas F1 Team, revealed how the mechanics reacted to the news that the young Schumacher would race for the team in 2021 :
"We have mechanics in our team , who have already worked with Michael at Ferrari. When they heard that Mick was joining us, they cried. There was a tremendous amount of joy".
"The emotions of the guys were simply insane. One of them hugged me so tightly that I briefly asked myself: 'what is happening to him right now?' ".
Mick's teammate, Russian racing driver Nikita Mazepin, also competed in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, joining ART GP in 2019 alonside Nyck De Vries, and while his teammate ended up winning the championship, Mazepin's end result was 18th place with 11 points.
In 2020 he signed for Hitech Racing, to drive alongside Italian Luca Ghiotto, and collected six podiums, arriving fifth in the Chmpionship.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Uralkali to Formula 1 as title partner to Haas F1 Team” said Gene Haas, chairman of Uralkali Haas F1 Team.
“We look forward to representing their brand throughout the season. It’s an exciting time for the team with Uralkali coming onboard and having Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher driving for us. 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 tough couple of seasons, but we’ve also got our eye on the bigger picture, in particular 2022 and the implementation of the new regulations” he added.
“I happily echo Mr. Haas’s comments, we are pleased to be partnered by Uralkali this season and beyond” stated team principal Guenther Steiner.
“We approach a new season with a new title partner and two new drivers, it’s going to be an exciting year head – hopefully exciting only in a good way though. We face a year of learning with the drivers while technically we look ahead to the future"
"It’s no secret that the VF-21 will not be developed as we focus our energies now on the 2022 car and, what we hope, will be a more level-playing field. We all know roughly where we expect to be this season in terms of the competition, but we must ensure we’re there to capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves"
"But first we have to get the guys dialed in at testing. Time behind the wheel is short – so it’ll be a steep curve, but I’m personally looking forward to seeing their development as drivers and as team members within Uralkali Haas F1 Team” he concluded.