McLaren Snaps: CHIEF MECHANIC
During the course of the 2016 we bring you exclusive access to some of the lesser known personalities of the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. Meet the men and women who keep the team on track throughout a race weekend, at the circuit and back at the McLaren Technology Centre.
NAME: Paul James
JOB ROLE: Chief Mechanic.
PIT STOP ROLE: Release of car.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT MCLAREN? 20 years.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS… Focused, passionate, committed.
FAVOURITE RACE LOCATION? Monaco.
FIRST McLAREN MEMORY? Winning the Championship with Mika.
BEST McLAREN MEMORY? Working with Montoya. Such a great personality and always up for a laugh.
FAVOURITE RACE IN McLAREN HISTORY? Brazil 2008 – winning the Championship with Lewis as his #1 mechanic.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR THREE F1 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS? Toothbrush and erm... pass!
BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Travelling and winning races.
FAVOURITE McLAREN DRIVER – PAST OR PRESENT? Juan Pablo Montoya.
WHEN NOT AT WORK, I LIKE TO… Spend time with my family. I have two very active daughters.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF…Somehow I am always smiling!
WHAT FUELS YOU THROUGH YOUR DAY (FOOD/MOTIVATION)? Motivation to get the job finished.
YOUR FAVOURITE LUBRICATION (DRINK!)? Nice glass of red wine.