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Sport Formula 1. Haas unveils its new single-seater, VF-21, in the colors of Russia

13:05  04 march  2021
13:05  04 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La nouvelle monoplace de l’écurie américaine Haas porte les couleurs de la Russie. © Haas F1 The new single-seater from the American team Haas bears the colors of Russia.

Haas unveiled its new single-seater on Thursday for the Formula 1 season which begins on March 28. Named VF-21, it will be driven by Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, and is in the colors of Russia, the country of the team’s new title sponsor.

The American Formula 1 team Haas , where Mick Schumacher will play, presented on Thursday a single-seater in the colors of the Russian flag, white-blue-red, the country of its new title sponsor brought by its other novice driver Nikita Mazepin .

Hello 2021 # HaasF1 pic.twitter.com/C2gVJFlPWV

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- Haas F1 Team (@ HaasF1Team) March 4, 2021

At bay, financially after the end of its partnership with Rich Energy in September 2019, and sportingly, having finished ninth out of ten in 2020, Haas needed capital. Replacing its drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, the Kannapolis, North Carolina-based team has attracted two young debutants to F1.

"Paid" driver Nikita Mazepin, 22, , is the son of businessman Dmitry Mazepin, owner of Russian mineral fertilizer manufacturer Uralchem. He is sponsored by the Russian company Uralkali, which specializes in the production and sale of potash, of which his father is a non-executive director. Uralkali becomes the title sponsor of Haas, displayed several times on the single-seater, called VF-21, alongside the German telecommunications brand 1 & 1.

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The latter accompanies the arrival of Mick Schumacher at Haas . At 21, the son of Michael Schumacher, seven times world champion, will play in F1 for the first time. He has just won the F2 championship, the elite antechamber in which Mazepin finished 5th.

Behind the scenes at @SchumacherMick 's seat fit

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- Haas F1 Team (@ HaasF1Team) March 3, 2021

Last year, Haas was just ahead of Williams in the standings. It was aboard a Haas single-seater, then white-red-black, that Frenchman Romain Grosjean had survived a spectacular crash in last November.

The 2021 season, which kicks off March 28 in Bahrain, is shaping up to be just as difficult, with developments largely frozen to save money in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

"We are focusing our energies on the car of 2022 when, we hope, there will be more equity on the grid" , explained team principal Guenther Steiner, referring to the new regulations in force next year .

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