McLaren Snaps: PERFORMANCE ENGINEER
During the course of the 2016 F1 season, we bring you exclusive access to some of the personalities in the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. This week, the spotlight is on Fernando's Performance Engineer - find out what it takes to keep #FA22 on track throughout a race weekend.
“Blondie” to my Uni mates.
Performance Engineer (Fernando).
PIT STOP ROLE:
Look over at the guys with admiration.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT McLAREN?
10 years this July.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS…
Loyal, committed and complicated.
FAVOURITE RACE LOCATION?
Austin; the food and the music.
FIRST McLAREN MEMORY?
Walking down the intimidating white-walled corridors for my interview.
BEST McLAREN MEMORY?
Crowd surfing through the pub when Lewis won the championship in 2008.
FAVOURITE RACE IN McLAREN HISTORY?
Kevin’s podium in Australia 2014; helping a rookie to second place in his debut F1 race was amazing.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR THREE F1 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS?
iPhone, Headphones, Imodium.
BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Feeling integral to a really close team of committed people.
FAVOURITE McLAREN DRIVER – PAST OR PRESENT?
Fernando. But I do love a big night out with K-Mag.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF…
I recently finished building my Westfield kit car.
WHEN NOT AT WORK, I LIKE TO…
Tinker with a project – currently the Westfield but the next one needs at least 8 cylinders.
WHAT FUELS YOU THROUGH YOUR DAY?
YOUR FAVOURITE LUBRICATION (DRINK!)?
Gin and Tonic (2Gs, 1T).
IF I WASN’T WORKING IN FORMULA 1, I WOULD BE….
...RAF Fast Jet Pilot.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
From 13 I worked Saturdays at the local model shop.