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One of Formula One's best engineers and designers, Harvey Postlethwaite, has died of a heart attack whilst testing with the Honda Formula One team at Barcelona.

Postlethwaite was regarded as one of the top men in the business but was also an affable companion and a hearty and enthusiastic supporter of all aspects of motor racing. He was as likely to be seen in the company of rival teams' mechanics and drivers or joking with the media as he was poring over a computer.

Harvey Postlethwaite His first design was the Hesketh 308D and it moved the small Formula One team to the forefront and helped James Hunt record a famous victory at Zandvoort. One of his most notable periods came when he moved to Ferrari for eight years at the beginning of the 80's and he went almost completely native, living in Italy and easily speaking the language. His designs led the Scuderia to Constructors' titles in 1982 and 1983.

His recent period with the Tyrrell team was, perhaps, his most satisfying. He enjoyed a particularly close rapport with team owner, Ken Tyrrell, and became a shareholder of the company. Following the sale of Tyrrell to BAR, Postlethwaite designed an F1 chassis for Honda, built by Dallara, and he was hoping that the excellent testing performances with Jos Verstappen as the driver would lead to the team being awarded the contract to enter Formula One on behalf of Honda in 2000.

In recent years he also became an integral member of the FIA's Formula One Safety Committee, using his wealth of experience to ensure the improvement of all safety aspects within the sport.

Postlethwaite is survived by his wife and two children.

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