Class of 2013 – Who are the Williams, Force India & Sauber Race Engineers?

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Formula 1 drivers have the risk taking, jet setting lifestyle of the rich and famous but senior members of their teams are also becoming media personalities in their own right. In the second post in this series I continue my look at the 2013 grid by profiling the race engineers of the Williams, Force India and Sauber F1 teams. I’ll take a look at career history, education and what took them to this most envied of F1 jobs.

Sauber F1 race engineer
Francesco Nenci (race engineer), Tom McCullough (head of track engineering) and Esteban Gutiérrez (courtesy of www.sauberf1team.com)

Race engineers are heavily involved in race car setup, strategy and driver management. Its as close as you can get to being a Formula 1 driver without actually sitting in the car. For these reasons, many of the people who want to work in Formula 1 want to become a race engineer. Below I’m profiling the engineers who work at Williams F1, Sahara Force India and Sauber.

WILLIAMS

Jonathan Eddolls

Race Engineer for car 16 – VALTTERI BOTTAS

Nationality : BRITISH
Age : 32

Jonathan, like so many of the other race engineers this year has been promoted to the job over the winter having previously been a data & performance engineer. Jonathan has a very good academic background having a first class degree in Engineering Science from Christ Church college, Oxford. His final year project won the SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Award in 2003.

Jonathan Eddolls - courtesy of Williams F1
Jonathan Eddolls – photo courtesy of Williams F1

He managed to get a summer placement at Williams F1 during his studies, working in the R&D department and impressed the team enough to be taken on full time after graduation. He became a data engineer in 2005 and has previously worked with drivers such as Rubens Barrichello, Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld.

Andrew Murdoch

Race Engineer for car 15 – PASTOR MALDONADO

Nationality : BRITISH
Age : 35

Like Jonathan Eddolls, Andrew Murdoch also moves up to the position of race engineer for the first time in 2013 having worked as a data engineer at Williams since 2006. Andrew grew up in Northern Ireland and spent his evenings and weekends volunteering for Chris Paul’s Formula Ford team. This led to a placement at Reynard Cars during his degree course in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Andrew Murdoch - photo courtesy of William F1
Andrew Murdoch – photo courtesy of William F1

Andrew chose to continue his studies and joined the Masters program in Automotive Engineering at Cranfield University. Having graduated he then worked at Lola on their Champ Car project before joining Williams F1 in 2006.

FORCE INDIA

Brad Joyce

Race Engineer for car 14 – ADRIAN SUTIL

Nationality : BRITISH

Brad has been a race engineer with this team since the 2006 season when it rebranded itself as Midland F1 from the remnants of infamous Jordan team (owned by Eddie Jordan). Brad has worked with a number of different drivers including Tiago Montiero, Adrian Sutil and most recently Nico Hulkenberg, coming close to winning the final race of the 2012 season. For 2013 Brad will be re-uniting his partnership with Sutil.

Prior to Formula 1, Brad worked with the Carlin Nissan World Series team and came across to the Formula 1 team with Team Manager Trevor Carlin.

Gianpiero Lambiase

Race Engineer for car 13 – PAUL DI RESTA

Nationality : ITALIAN

Gianpiero joined the Force India team in 2005 (when it was still called Jordan). Prior to F1, Gianpiero was actually a drummer in a moderately successful Indie band called Torperstate and was runner-up in the MTV unsigned band awards in 2003.

Gianpiero Lambiase with Paul di Resta
Gianpiero Lambiase with Paul di Resta

GP has been race engineer for the whole of Paul di Resta’s career in Formula 1, prior to that he took charge of fellow Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Lambiase is on Twitter @GPLambiase

SAUBER

Francesco Nenci

Race Engineer for car 12 – ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ

Nationality : ITALIAN
Age : 44

Francesco has been a race engineer with Sauber since 2009, engineering Kamui Kobayashi for 3 seasons. He has a long track engineering career prior to Sauber, having graduated with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Politecnico di Torino in 1997. His first job was as a data engineer with the Italian Coloni F3000 team.

His first job in Formula 1 came with Toyota in 2001, where he worked with as a data and performance engineer. He was eventually promoted to race engineer in 2005 where he worked with Ralf Schumacher and eventually Timo Glock before leaving the team midway through the 2009 season for Sauber.

Marco Schupbach

Race Engineer for car 11 – NICO HULKENBERG

Nationality : SWISS
Age : 35

Marco Schupbach was born in Basel, Switzerland. He studied Mechanical Engineering in Muttenz and became a race engineer in the German Formula 3 championship for Team Mücke.

Marco Schupbach - courtesy of Sauber F1 team
Marco Schupbach – courtesy of Sauber F1 team

Marco joined Sauber in 2002 initially as a vehicle dynamics engineer but then moved on to be a data engineer for 6 seasons. He graduated to become a race engineer in 2011, guiding Sergio Perez to several podium finishes in a hugely successful 2012 season.

You can see a YouTube video here showing Marco playing a practical joke on Perez in 2012.

Keep in touch
To continue this look at the 2013 crop of Formula 1 engineers, I’ll slowly make my way further up the grid. In the next post we’ll meet the race engineers at Mercedes and Lotus and McLaren.

Keep checking my blog for the next part of this series or you can follow me via my home page and receive email updates for every new post. Alternativley you can follow me on Twitter @Work_in_F1.

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