F1: Haas makes key hires as on track for 2016 debut

Gene Haas seen in attendance at the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix.

Haas has announced Ben Agathangelou as its new head of aerodynamics, and the team says that the Briton is already working on the project in the Ferrari wind tunnel.

Agathangelou joins chief designer Ben Taylor, who was announced some weeks ago. Both men have previously worked with Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

The 43-year-old Agathangelou’s impressive resume includes stints with Tyrrell, Jaguar, Red Bull, HRT and latterly Ferrari. He also worked at Dallara on the DW12 IndyCar project.

Also confirmed is the presence of former Jordan and Marussia man Dave O’Neill as team manager. Handily, he ran the Marussia operation from the same base that Haas recently purchased.

“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 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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