A bullish Romain Grosjean believes this year’s Haas is their best Formula 1 car to date.
The Frenchman and team-mate Kevin Magnussen enjoyed a solid pre-season as the VF-18 delivered on both pace and reliability.
Confident that last season’s reliability issues have been ironed out, Grosjean said: “The VF-18 has a very good baseline.
“The feeling I get in the car is very good, which is the main thing. It’s a good-looking car.
“We know where we can update it and try to get more performance from it. We’re going to work on that.
“I think it has a good consistency and a very good platform that all of us, as drivers, want.
“I think it’s the best car we’ve ever had so far for Haas F1 Team.”
Magnussen also praised the 2018 challenger as ‘consistent’, while team principal Guenther Steiner hailed the aero, balance and design of the VF-18.
Haas have finished eighth in both their freshman and sophomore years and the Banbury-based side want to improve on this for their third year.
Steiner added: “I would say we’ll know the potential of the car after qualifying in Australia.
“After the test, we can say we’re in the midfield, and hopefully in the top half of the midfield. I think we are cautiously optimistic.”