Harvey Postlethwaite dead

The world of Formula One is in shock following the news that designer Harvey Postlethwaite has died of a heart attack. Postlethwaite, 55, who designed cars for the Hesketh, Wolf, Tyrrell and Ferrari teams, complained of chest pains at the ...

The world of Formula One is in shock following the news that designer Harvey Postlethwaite has died of a heart attack.

Postlethwaite, 55, who designed cars for the Hesketh, Wolf, Tyrrell and Ferrari teams, complained of chest pains at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, yesterday, where he was overseeing testing of the new Honda Formula 1 car.

After returning to his hotel, he was admitted to hospital where he died last night. Postlethwaite has spent the last 23 years working at the top level of the sport. His first design, the Hesketh 308D, transformed the team into a front-runner with driver James Hunt.

In recent years he kept Tyrrell competitive, despite a lack of finance, and took the reigns for the outfit's final season before it was taken over by British American Racing.

His latest challenge was developing a new Formula One chassis for Japanese motor giant Honda. It was typical of Postlethwaite's designs - innovative, instantly quick and a real headline grabber.

Former team owner Lord Hesketh, now president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, said he was devastated by the news.

"He was a great man with a young family," he said. "Some of the best years of my life were spent in his company. He had charm, sense of humour, real ability and talent and was a great lateral thinker. He took us from nowhere to being a front-running team. He was a tremendous guy. It's appalling news."

Postlethwaite is survived by his wife and two children.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers James Hunt
Teams Ferrari