Backroom boys and girls
In their moments of victory, Lewis and Nico are always quick to praise those “back at base”. But who exactly are these unsung heroes? F1R headed to Mercedes HQ to meet five of them
It’s pretty much an F1 meme, a pattern of speech so embedded in the cultural consciousness of the paddock, and beyond, that its routine insertion into almost every podium interview and press conference has become, well, pretty much routine.
We’re talking, of course, about the thanks meted out by winning drivers to team members trackside and in the factory, without whom their achievement would not have been possible. So who are ‘the girls and guys back at factory’, the ‘brilliant crew’, the ‘fantastic engineers’ who, months ahead of on-track battle, begin to plot a driver’s course to victory? There’s no better place to answer the question than at Mercedes’ Brixworth and Brackley facilities, where the ‘guys in the garage and back at the factory’ reveal how they play their part…