The high-per­for­mance fac­tors

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR: Strong lead­er­ship, ef­fi­cient team work, quick de­ci­sion-mak­ing and a clear aim are among the fac­tors re­quired to de­liver high per­for­mance at any For­mula 1 (F1) race, said Grand Prix Mo­tor Rac­ing boss Mark Gal­lagher.

He was speak­ing in a ses­sion ti­tled “Trans­for­ma­tional Lessons: From the Fast Lane” at the Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum, here, yes­ter­day.

As a high-tech­nol­ogy sport, Gal­lagher said F1 re­quired the teams to fully in­te­grate their hu­man and tech­ni­cal as­sets.

David Coulthard, the win­ner of 13 F1 Grand Prix, agreed that main­tain­ing good re­la­tion­ships were key in any busi­ness.

“No mat­ter how in­clu­sive you are in life, for the most part we are so­cial an­i­mals. We like the hu­man touch.

“The key is peo­ple. Get­ting the right peo­ple (the right group of me­chan­ics to build a car or un­der­take a pit stop, or of en­gi­neers to de­sign a car) and let­ting them do their job with­out mi­cro­manag­ing,” he said.

Coulthard added that this was some­thing the For­mula 1 team should have to make it to the top in the sports.

Asked if the in­tro­duc­tion of For­mula E, a new F1-style ro­bot mo­tor rac­ing se­ries fea­tur­ing driver-less, elec­tric cars would af­fect the F1, Coulthard said he didn’t see it as a threat to the sport. “I think peo­ple still want to see that emo­tion; they want to see driv­ers rac­ing.

Gal­lagher is part of the in­ter­na­tional motorsport in­dus­try. A co-owner of the Sta­tus Grand Prix team, he has made his name in the in­dus­try and es­tab­lished a long-stand­ing ca­reer in F1, work­ing along­side some of the most fa­mous driv­ers, team own­ers and ex­ec­u­tives.

Coulthard joined the Wil­liams F1 team as a test driver in 1993 and af­ter com­pet­ing in eight Grand Prix for the team in the 1994 sea­son, he be­came a full-time F1 driver in 1995. That year, he won the Por­tuguese Grand Prix and fin­ished third in the cham­pi­onship. Af­ter mov­ing to McLaren, he achieved his new team’s first win in three sea­sons at the 1997 Aus­tralian Grand Prix.

Over­all, he achieved 12 of his 13 Grand Prix wins and 51 of his 62 podium fin­ishes with McLaren, and, af­ter sup­port­ing team­mate Mika Häkki­nen to the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship in 1998 and 1999, he fin­ished run­ner-up to Michael Schu­macher in 2001.


Grand Prix Mo­tor Rac­ing boss Mark Gal­lagher says For­mula One re­quires the teams to fully in­te­grate their hu­man and tech­ni­cal as­sets.

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