Tomorrow is the start of the new Formula 1 season and it seems a long time since the cars came to a halt in Brazil last year. For those people lucky enough to work in Formula 1 it is an especially exciting but also very nervous time.
A huge amount of blood, sweat and tears have gone into the design, manufacture, assembly and testing of the new cars. When the cars roll out for the first practice session in Australia it gives you a very special sense of pride and achievement to see your own work, your own ideas and your own creation broadcast on television. Every Formula 1 fan will be excited, but for those that work in the sport it is particularly adrenaline filled.
58 nervous laps
I’ve designed a large number of parts on our car, several of them critical, and I will watch the first race with every finger and toe crossed that nothing will break. Every decision I made over the winter, the materials I chose and the nuts and bolts I specified will be put to the test in anger for the very first time. Testing is ok but there is nothing like racing for real to push your car to the limit and to expose its weaknesses. You don’t want to be the guy that made the mistake and let your team down.
Will it be fast? We truly do not know at this point but the answer will be plain for the whole world to see come Sunday afternoon. So many questions, but the buzz and the adrenaline in me is dying to get on with it and fire-up for practice.
Working in Formula 1 comes with tremendous pressure and competitiveness but if we go out and win on Sunday it will be all the more satisfying because of it. When people say that Formula 1 is a way of life and not a job, these are exactly the times that they are talking about. I cannot wait for the red lights to go out… Let’s just get on with it.
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