CREW CHIEF, PORSCHE 919 HY­BRID LMP1 TEAM

SIT­TING IN FRONT OF NU­MER­OUS CON­SOLES, AMIEL MON­I­TORS BOTH CARS AND MAN­AGES THE RACE EN­GI­NEERS AND MECHANICS OF BOTH CARS. ALONG WITH THE TEAM PRIN­CI­PAL, HE MAKES THE BIG STRATE­GIC CALLS.

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THE SKILLSET “You need an all-round knowl­edge of how the car works. That helps you plan and gives you in­sight into the dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios of what could go wrong and to make sure we’re on top of our game dur­ing pit stops. We pre­pare for ev­ery sce­nario and we prac­tise all of th­ese re­pairs back at our head­quar­ters, from all the parts of an en­gine and gear­box com­po­nents, to changing the sus­pen­sion cor­ners on the chas­sis.” THE TOUGH­EST FIXABLE SCE­NARIO

“It’s prob­a­bly the gear­box. The rules don’t al­low us to re­place the gear­box hous­ing, but we can change all the in­ter­nals. In terms of time it takes, well that will de­pend on the type of fail­ure; whether it’s a gear, an oil pump or the clutch. It can be anything from 40 min­utes to 90.

“That’s gen­er­ally race over, but this year showed that you’re never out of the race. Car num­ber two lost front axle drive and we had to change the front gear­box and front sus­pen­sion. As I said, prepa­ra­tion is ev­ery­thing and all the re­place­ment parts had al­ready been on the car be­fore, so there were no extra mea­sure­ments re­quired. We did the whole thing in 60 min­utes. Toy­ota had a sim­i­lar fail­ure and it took them twice as long.”

THE HARD­EST PART “Deal­ing with the lack of sleep and the stress is tough. I don’t sleep at all; I can’t af­ford to. You just have to deal with it. This year was the tough­est race we’ve done, for sure. With the speed ad­van­tage the Toy­otas had over us, we were up against it, plus there was the heat (it av­er­aged 37 °C), and then those re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues which we’d never had be­fore.”

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