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.