The winner’s podium, champagne, high-5’s and celebration. The scene at the end of every Grand Prix is rightfully a huge party for the driver who has won the race and his crew and teammates get to share in the jubilation of victory with him.
It is not just about the outright winners either. The scenes after the race at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix showed just what 9th place can mean to teams towards the back of the grid and there seemed little doubt that the Marussia team were more pleased with their result than the all dominant Mercedes team were with their just another 1-2 finish up front.
The little team from Banbury have every right to be pleased with themselves too. They are arguably the least well funded team on the grid and yet they have consistently kept pace with or outperformed the other teams around them. Season after season of lowly results and minimum share of the sport’s (considerable) commercial income must have been tough but they now sit in a creditable 9th place in the world championship. If they can stay there until the end of the season they stand to get an enormous increase in budget for 2015 more importantly to secure the team’s future and the jobs of all their employees. No wonder they were happy.
One of the differences between working in F1 and working in most other industries is the competition and the public platform on which that competition is played out. Every 2 weeks in F1 you get to measure the progress you have made against your rival teams and as the saying goes, you are only as good as your last race. Those who won last time want to win again and those who lost are even more desperate to beat those in front of them. It’s a very primal competitive instinct and this, for me at least, is what people mean when they say that working in F1 is more than just a job. Racing motivates you to push yourself, to improve and to work hard because YOU want to win, not just because the boss is telling you to. It’s a team sport for sure but every individual is motivated to get their share in one of those glory days at Monaco.
Rewards in F1 are high, but the key difference between F1 and other jobs is that everyone shares in the satisfaction and sense of achievement of the results on track. At the other end of the scale, big corporation culture allows people to hide and I doubt whether those who work in that environment really punch the air when they hear that share prices rise by 2%. I’ll bet the majority do not care, it’s just a job to them.
If you worked at Marussia on the other hand, last Sunday’s race must have been a thriller and I’ll bet there was plenty of champagne being drunk back in homes around Oxfordshire long after the podium celebrations were over in the Mediterranean. True job satisfaction can only come from being involved and putting your blood, sweat and tears into something and this is where F1 is like no other job in the world. How many people around the world can genuinely say that they have helped to win or score points at the Monaco Grand Prix? Results like that are what working in F1 is all about.
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The 2014 season is well underway now and despite reservations about the sound of the new cars and doubts about the new technologies I think F1 has proved that it can still provide as much thrill and excitement as it has at any time in its history. I’m already working on our 2015 car (can you believe it?) but should have time to keep the blog up and write about some relevant topics.
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