A behind-the-scenes glimpse at what the team get up to at a race
Mclaren’s garage is a hive of activity at a race weekend. But who does what?
1 Standing next to the airline for the wheelgun is Aidan Carvell, rear jack man for Stoffel Vandoorne’s Mclaren. He wheels his jack under the rear of the MCL32 to lift it up so the tyres can be changed.
2 An FIA scrutineer is allocated to each team garage with the primary purpose of checking tyre temperatures and scanning the barcodes on the Pirelli rubber to monitor the allocation of tyres.
3 This structure is taken by Mclaren to every GP. It provides lighting and power for the tyre-warming blankets and contains fans, compressed airlines, radio communication technology and garage cameras.
4 Vandoorne uses this touch-screen TV to switch between world feed, timing screen and circuit GPS. In the pitlane is number one mechanic, Fabien Warner, who will tell him when it’s safe to exit the garage.
5 Based at the centre console, Vandoorne’s race engineer Tom Stallard is monitoring the telemetry coming from the car, while staying in communication with his fellow engineers and the pitwall.
6 All the activity at the front of the garage is being carefully monitored by Yusuke Hasegawa, the head of Honda’s Formula 1 engine project.
7 Fernando Alonso’s race engineer Mark Temple mirrors Stallard’s role, and keeps a dialogue with the team’s strategists and mission control back at the Mclaren Technology Centre in Woking.
8 Kneeling at Alonso’s front-left wheel is his chassis mechanic, Lee Hart. Hart is responsible for belting Alonso in and disconnecting his car from the overhead module before it leaves the garage.
9 Alonso’s personal trainer Fabrizio Borra is on standby to hand over water, a cooling fan or helmet and gloves as required.
10 This green cover is placed over the rear wing to serve a dual purpose. It protects the rear jack man from the heat, as well as limiting the fumes coming out of the exhaust.