Ex-Haas F1 engineer Buscombe joins Sauber

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The Sauber Formula 1 team has continued its recent recruitment drive by hiring ex-Haas and Ferrari engineer Ruth Buscombe.

After facing financial uncertainty for the past couple of years, Sauber’s long-term future was secured over the summer when Longbow Finance completed a takeover.

The injection of cash has allowed Sauber to develop upgrades for its existing car, the C35, in a bid to lift the team off the foot of the constructors’ championship table.

Sauber has also pushed on with a number of key signings, including former Toro Rosso and Williams engineer Xevi Pujolar, plus new head of aerodynamics Nicolas Hennel de Beaupreau.

Buscombe has become the latest technical signing, joining in the role of strategy engineer for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the beginning of next month.

Buscombe played an integral role in masterminding Haas’ early-season success as Romain Grosjean charged to sixth place in Australia and fifth in Bahrain thanks to some inspired tire calls.

Buscombe joined Haas for its debut F1 season in 2016 after a stint with Ferrari, before leaving the American operation earlier this year.