Haas reveal striking new 2019 livery

Black and gold returns to F1 as Haas reveal first livery of 2019; Colour change comes on the back of Rich Energy title sponsorship deal

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Haas have offered a first look at F1 2019 by revealing a striking black and gold livery for the new season.

The dramatic colour change for the American-owned team comes on the back of a title sponsorship deal with Rich Energy, a British energy drinks company.

The new look was unveiled at an event in London, although Haas' actual 2019 car was not revealed. The VF-19 will instead be seen for the first time at winter testing later this month.

"This is the time of the season when you hope you've got designs right and you can be competitive straight away," said Gene Haas, Haas F1 founder and chairman.

"The new car looks distinctive, not only in terms of its colour scheme, but also with the new regulations in play. Hopefully those design changes brought in for 2019 will improve the racing on-track, and more importantly give us a shot at making more of an impact at each Grand Prix."

Haas are one of only two teams to retain their driver line-up from last season, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in tandem for the third campaign in a row.

The Banbury-based team enjoyed their best-ever F1 season last year, just missing out on fourth after a close battle with Renault, and have improved in every campaign since joining the sport in 2016.

Team principal Guenther Steiner added: "It's important that we keep progressing as a team, and this season is no different. Our partnership with Rich Energy is another positive example of moving forward as an organisation.

"While 2018 delivered our best season to-date, the year showed, sometimes sharply, that we still have areas to improve on as a team. On-track, our push for performance started early with the VF-19, our next step is to get to Spain and utilise our time there wisely to prepare for Australia."

Grosjean, who has been with the team since the start, was outscored by Magnussen by 19 points in the Drivers' Championship, but enjoyed a better qualifying record than the Dane.

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