What Happens at an F1 Factory During a Race Weekend?
Good afternoon Lewis, congratulations. Hey guys, thanks so much Welcome to the RSR, the Race Support Room So, the RSR fundamentally
is in a support role role. What they are doing
is allowing the team to have people who are in an environment
that’s quiet, out of the way, that allows them to focus on what’s
happening in particular with our competitors and
also with our car, but outside of the constraints of the race weekends,
outside of the limits of flying people all the way around the world
and outside of the noisy sort of environment filled with carbon
dust and so on that we have to experience at the track. It’s a great environment.
We try and make it as much as possible like being at the track. So, even though Japan is quite far away from here, we can actually talk to the track, we
have cameras pointing at the track, they can see us over in the corner.
We can see them, we can talk to them, We have the intercom, which is a live
connection which is basically like a Skype call where we can talk to them all the time
to them live and if they ever have any questions for us, or if we have questions
for them, we can be in touch. So, in the RSR we have a replica of
pretty much all the departments that are represented at the track. So, we have
Race Engineering, who support the race engineers at the track. We have
tyre experts, we have VDG experts, we have aerodynamics are represented,
controls, systems, we have strategy engineers and we have a bunch of IP
industrial placement students helping us out as well. So, we have students working for us here as well, Chris in this case works
in aero. He prepares a lot of the data for the aero, he does a lot of post-processing
for us, but other students will be looking at radio transcripts, will be
looking at video feeds, will be analysing data for us and helping out just like any
normal employee. They are very, very valuable contributors to our race weekends. So, for me it started on my placement year. So, I was on placement in 2016 till 2017
and obviously the RSR for me was a massive opportunity to learn from
all the very experienced people here and eventually led to me
getting a graduate role here at Mercedes. So, the Comms deck is essential to the
communications with the track. We need to make sure they can hear us and we
need to make sure we can hear them. So, to do that, before every meeting,
we have a little routine where Evan will be reciting a poem that he recites to his
children normally, to us to make sure we can hear him fine on the intercom.
Mooses come walking up over the hill, mooses come walking, they rarely stand still.
When mooses come walking they walk where they will. And mooses come
walking up over the hill. Mooses look into your window at night. They look to the left,
and they look to the right. The mooses like looking, they think it’s a zoo.
And that’s why the mooses like looking at you Five minutes, five minutes to formation lap, confirm when wheels are on and torqued please. One minute, one minute. James, Dom on tactics. Go ahead, Dom. Vettel has hot brakes at the moment. So, he needs to manage them. If you have got anybody in there Dom looking at cooling, perhaps they can
have a look and try and work out why Valtteri seems about five degrees hotter than Lewis Our meeting Dom, just check Kimi and Vettel are lifting through this Get in there Lewis. You are the man. You. Are. The. Man. Well done RSR, well done. Really, really good race.
Fantastic to win it. I can hear how happy you guys are.
Thank you so much for all the hard work guys, and for continuing to believe in me.
I really appreciate it.