Mike Coughlan

By Michaelmad, ago

Equipped with a degree in mechanical engineering from Brunel University, he entered the world of motorsport with Tiga Race Cars – a British racing car constructor – founded by former F1 drivers Tim Schenken and Howden Ganley – who competed in various junior Formulae in the 70s & 80s. Coughlan Read more…

Adam Parr

By Michaelmad, ago

Old Etonian and Cambridge graduate Adam Parr joined Williams in 2006 tasked with the compete restructuring of Williams holdings PLC, and stabilising a team that was struggling on track and a business struggling away from the track. Williams was quickly tumbling down the constructors table, having gone from narrowly losing Read more…

Enrique Scalabroni

By Michaelmad, ago

After studying mechanical engineering at university in Buenos Aires, Scalabroni left South America for Europe to join the Dallara group to oversee the then new-to-F3 Italian marque’s groundbreaking carbon-monocoque Formula 3 car for the 1983 season. On joining Williams in 1985 Scalabroni was instrumental in the redesign of the FW10‘s  troublesome Read more…

Neil Oatley

By Michaelmad, ago

Oatley remained at Williams for seven years, becoming race engineer to Regazzoni’s replacement Carlos Reutemann in 1980 and 1981 and then Jacques Laffite when he joined Williams in 1983. “Patrick was a fantastic mentor and gave me a great deal of support. He was very patient and a good, practical Read more…

Sam Michael

By Michaelmad, ago

On leaving Lotus he joined Gary Anderson at Jordan Grand Prix with a view to establishing their R&D department. After two years working in the Jordan factory, Michael joined their test team and subsequently became race engineer for Ralf Schumacher and then Heinz-Harald Frentzen (both former Williams drivers). In 2001 Read more…

Frank Dernie

By Michaelmad, ago

Dernie’s first car, the Williams FW07 was an unmitigated success and he and Williams continued producing winning cars until he was poached by Lotus to replace Gerard Ducarouge as Technical Director in 1987. Dernie was the first person to design a Formula 1 car using CAD software, the man who Read more…

Paddy Lowe

By Michaelmad, ago

Paddy Lowe graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 with a degree in engineering. Three years after his graduation, Lowe joined Williams as Head of Electronics, where he was jointly responsible for developing the team’s active suspension used to great effect in the early 1990s, helping the team to two straight Read more…

Claire Williams

By Michaelmad, ago

Growing up in and around Formula 1 it was only natural that Claire would develop a passion for the sport her father has devoted his life to. After graduating from Newcastle University in 1999 with a degree in politics, Claire Williams became press officer for Silverstone Circuits in the UK, Read more…

Patrick Head

By Michaelmad, ago

Inspired by his father Michael, who raced sportscars in the 1950s, and after discovering a career in the military wasn’t for him, Patrick Head, equipped with a degree in Mechanical engineering, joined racing car chassis manufacturer Lola. Without realising, Head had already begun the relationship that would influence the rest Read more…

Adrian Newey

By Michaelmad, ago

Having been inexplicably sacked in 1990 by the Leyton House Formula 1 Team, Newey was quickly snapped up by Sir Patrick Head, having spotted the then 32 year-old Newey’s potential. With a greater budget at his disposal, Newey, alongside Head was able to develop ideas that had previously never left Read more…

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