Haas F1 team, which will make its debut in the 2016 F1 season, has announced three key hirings to its technical team.
Ben Agathangelou has joined the team from Ferrari as their chief aerodynamicist. Agathangelou was responsible for Ferrari’s recent upgrade of its wind tunnel and has previously worke for Red Bull and McLaren.
The team has already completed a 60 per cent scale model of the car it will race in 2016 for wind tunnel testing.
Two other significant hirings have joined Haas from Marussia. Rob Taylor has been appointed as chief designer, and like Agathangelou has also previously worked at Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull.
Dave O’Neill has also moved from Marussia to Haas and will be the team manager. O’Neill helped set up Marussia initial entry into Formula One at the end of 2009, when it entered under the Virgin name. Prior to that he spent eight years at Jordan.
Haas will base its European operation at its recently-acquired former Marussia premises in Banbury, Oxfordshire, where the team’s car transporters, pit and garage equipment will be stored between races.
Team principal Gunther Steiner said “while there is still a lot of work to do, a lot has already been accomplished for Haas F1 Team to be competitive when we join the F1 grid in 2016”.
“Our technical partnership with Ferrari has allowed us to develop our car and our people at an exceptional pace. The way we’re going about our F1 team is new and different, but it’s working. We’re committed to our plan, we’re committed to F1 and, most importantly, we’re on schedule.
“This time next year, our cars will have already been tested and we’ll be readying them for Melbourne.”
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