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2015-03-11 07:25


DEEP POCKETS: Nascar legend Gene Haas (above) and his team are getting all their ducks in a row to join the Formula 1 grid in 2016. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - The Haas Formula 1 team has bought Marussia's former HQ in central England and hired key technical personnel ahead of a race debut planned for Australia in 2016.

The first American-owned team in 30 years said in a statement that plans were on schedule since the purchase of what will be its European base in Banbury, within easy distance of Silverstone racetrack.

Dave O'Neill and Rob Taylor have joined from Marussia as team manager and chief designer; Ben Agathangelou has moved across from Ferrari as chief aerodynamicist.


Each is an F1 veteran: Agathangelou started with McLaren in 1994, Taylor will be in his 28th year in the sport after stints at teams including Ferrari, Red Bull and Benetton.

Haas said Agathangelou and Taylor had already designed a 60% scale model of the 2016 car and the team was using Ferrari's wind tunnel.

Team principal Guenther Steiner said: "While there is still a lot of work to do a lot has already been accomplished 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 important, we're on schedule. This time in 2016 our cars will have been tested and we'll be readying them for Melbourne."

The team, owned by Nascar's Stewart-Haas team co-owner Gene Haas, will be powered by Ferrari power units and its main HQ will be in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Haas Automation will be the team's primary sponsor.

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