Haas on course for 2016 F1 debut

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Haas has confirmed several new signings ahead of its debut in Formula 1 next season.

Gene Haas' eponymous squad will join the pack in 2016, operating out of Kannapolis in North Carolina. The team confirmed that it has acquired Marussia's former factory in Banbury, which it will use as its European base.

Former Marussia man Dave O’Neill has joined as team manager, with Rob Taylor - also from Marussia - as chief designer and Ben Agathangelou - paired from Ferrari - as chief aerodynamicist.

Haas says that Agathangelou and Taylor have already designed the 60-percent scale model of the car which will be used next year.

"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," said team principal Guenther Steiner.

"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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