A CASE STUDY

How one engi­neer­ing grad­u­ate is now with the race team

F1 Racing (UK) - - INSIDER - Jaden Par­tridge IN­FINITI Engi­neer­ing Academy Asia-ocea­nian win­ner 2016

“Ever since I can re­mem­ber I’ve been in­ter­ested in putting bits of scrap me­tal to­gether and loved rac­ing. I started kart­ing, but for me the in­ter­est was in the ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics of the kart. Why does it un­der­steer? What’s caus­ing it to kick out on the exit of the cor­ners?

“When it came to work­ing in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor or in mo­tor­sport, I chose the lat­ter. It’s so pure: who­ever is the fastest wins. It’s also a pub­lic show­case, if you’re not per­form­ing every­one knows, so the pres­sure is on.

“I did my work place­ment at the Re­nault Sport For­mula One Team in ve­hi­cle per­for­mance, but now I work on over­tak­ing anal­y­sis in the race team with the per­for­mance en­gi­neers.

“With the new spec­i­fi­ca­tion of F1 car in 2017 and the in­crease in down­force, the dy­nam­ics of over­tak­ing have changed dra­mat­i­cally, so I have been work­ing on a prob­a­bil­ity model to pre­dict how the races will pan out and that’s im­por­tant with re­gards to pit­stop strat­egy.

“For ex­am­ple, at one cir­cuit it might be easy to over­take a slower car, but on an­other track it might be dif­fi­cult so you wouldn’t risk pit­ting. The in­for­ma­tion I gather from my over­tak­ing anal­y­sis dur­ing the race goes di­rectly to the pit­wall – so there is a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Abu Dhabi was the first grand prix I hadn’t en­joyed for a long time, be­cause it was the fi­nal race in 2017 and we were in such a close fight for points with Toro Rosso. A lot was rid­ing on the mod­els we had built for that race and the de­ci­sions that would be taken.

“Once the pit­stops were over, I was very re­lieved to see the lap counter go down and you could sense the ten­sion over the team ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions. It was great for Nico Hülken­berg to get the re­sult we needed to se­cure sixth place in the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship. Every­one played their part.”

“I DID MY WORK PLACE­MENT AT THE RE­NAULT SPORT FOR­MULA ONE TEAM IN VE­HI­CLE PER­FOR­MANCE, BUT NOW I WORK ON OVER­TAK­ING ANAL­Y­SIS IN THE RACE TEAM”

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