Haas’ new team boss Ayao Komatsu can take care of the gargantuan step up from engineering to working a Diagram 1 team.
That is the observe of Vitaly Petrov, who became as soon as plug-engineered by the 47-365 days-inclined Eastern at Renault in 2011. Komatsu then adopted Romain Grosjean to the emblem-new Haas team for 2016, and there worked his approach up the engineering ranks.
Group of workers owner Gene Haas made up our minds to oust Gunther Steiner for 2024, with Komatsu named as his surprise successor.
“I spent plenty of time with Ayao,” Russian driver Petrov told SMP Racing.
“For the time being, he became as soon as nonetheless studying and getting the trip to be promoted to plug engineer, but he already knew so much. And it became as soon as very easy to work with him. I continuously noticed gigantic doable in Ayao.”
Petrov, now 39, says it became as soon as continuously clear to him that Komatsu had the functionality to upward thrust the ranks in F1.
“It became as soon as evident to me that he would now now not end in the tell of a plug engineer. It became as soon as evident that he had a huge future,” he said.
“He sees and understands so much and is now not afflicted to utter his realizing. Certain, subtle work awaits him now. Many extra folks will story to him now as in contrast with sooner than.
“Nonetheless, on the more than just a few hand, you shouldn’t assume that a plug engineer works excellent with these that scuttle to the races, or is centered fully on developing the vehicle. Originate air of plug weekends, he works collectively with your entire team and is actively all for the technique of improving the vehicle.
“So I beget Ayao has the total lot he needs for his new unprejudiced,” Petrov said. “I’m clear that a huge future awaits him and I’m delighted for him.”
As for Komatsu, he displays that one of his first priorities as Haas’ new team boss is to toughen the approach the queer American team operates between its two facilities in the UK and Italy.
“Whenever you would possibly also originate a team now, you wouldn’t own two factories in England and Italy, but that’s simply the structure,” he says. “In 2016 to 2018, it became as soon as very actually useful to acquire us started. Then the guidelines changed, and the team has to model accordingly.”
However, he says Haas’ a pair of facilities is now now not the reason Haas finished dreary last in 2023 with an it sounds as if flawed trend program.
“Assign we already keep better? Certain, fully,” said Komatsu. “In 2023 we were now now not the save we needs to be, and that’s why the decision to trade something adopted.
“Nonetheless you would possibly per chance well maybe’t trade issues too tremendously, because then 2024 will be a entire distress,” he added. “We own to toughen the team in 2024 but I search for it as a slack process.
“What we be taught in 2024 will aid us know keep issues in five, eight, ten years’ time.”