Report: Haas F1 Team has chosen its chief designer

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Haas F1 team has reportedly found the man that will lead the design of its new machines.

Autosport reports that Rob Taylor, ex-chief designer at Red Bull and its predecessor, Jaguar, will take on the same role for the American-based team.

Taylor designed Jaguar’s final two cars for the 2003 and 2004 seasons and then, following the energy drink giant’s purchase of the team, the first Red Bull car known as the RB1.

With the RB1, Red Bull finished seventh in the 2005 constructor’s championship. The car’s best finish was a pair of fourths from David Coulthard (Australia, Nurburgring). Taylor would move on to a job at McLaren the following year.

The Autosport blurb also quotes Haas’ team principal, Guenther Steiner, as ruling out the possibility of running an interim car for testing this year.

“We don’t want to make a car [for testing this year],” Steiner says. “If you make a car for a few months’ time, then by next year it will be old. We want to keep on developing. And all of the parts we will be getting from Ferrari, we will not have them before next year.”

Last week, Gene Haas provided an update on the team’s progress during NASCAR Media Week activities in Charlotte. In addition to stating the amount of personnel at team sites in Kannapolis, North Carolina and around Europe, Haas said a driver selection would take place at the end of this summer.

INDYCAR: Patricio O’Ward turns heads in Carlin debut

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While the top story coming out of Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas is undoubtedly 18-year-old Colton Herta’s victory in only his third IndyCar start, another teenager made quite some noise during the first IndyCar race at the facility.

19-year-old Patricio O’Ward made an impressive start to his 2019 IndyCar campaign by starting and finishing in eighth position. It was the first of his 13 races this season for Carlin Racing.

“I think it was a pretty good race for us. We ended exactly where we started and didn’t go backwards, so I’d say that was a successful day” O’Ward said. “I know the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet had a top-five finish in it today and even though we couldn’t make it happen, it’s nice to know that we have the pace and can be fighting up front with the veteran drivers.”

O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champ, made his series debut for Harding Steinbrenner Racing at last year’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway, where he made it to the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying and finished ninth. O’Ward was scheduled to race for the team full-time in 2019, but left in early February to pursue other options due to a lack of sponsorship.

Pato found a new home with Carlin, and despite missing preseason testing, he proved to be competitive from the get go and pressured some of IndyCar’s more tenured drivers, including Graham Rahal.

In what was undoubtedly the most daring move of the race, O’Ward ended a great battle with Rahal by hitting a superb outside pass on Lap 15.

O’Ward may have likely earned a better result on Sunday, if he didn’t have to save fuel in order to make the finish.

But with only two IndyCar starts to his credit, he is already racing like a seasoned veteran. Sunday’s IndyCar Classic may be the first of many successful outings for him this year.

After the race, he tweeted to his team: “Well done gentlemen … This is only the beginning.”

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