Senior Trackside Aerodynamicist, Formula 1 Team
What is your name and job title?
John Andrewartha – Senior Trackside Aerodynamicist
Could you give me a summary of your job role?
I attend race and test events to provide aerodynamic support to the race engineering group and car operations. Prior to each event I will work with the simulation group to try and define our starting setups and whilst at the track I will work with the drivers and race engineers to analyse the data to make further improvements to the performance of the car.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When did you know you wanted to work in Formula 1?
When I was 15 and went on a school trip to Silverstone and stood at the Copse Corner where I was blown away by the noise and the speed of the cars!
What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting to travel the world and seeing so many great places, although this also comes with the downside of spending a lot of time away from home.
What subject/courses did you take?
GCSE’s including maths and physics, A-Levels including maths and physics and a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Did you do any work experience?
Whilst at school I actually did my work experience at a local opticians! During my degree I spent a summer at a company who provided CAD software to the motor racing and aerospace industries, which provided excellent experience in using the tools that I would then later use in my F1 career.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Balancing the commitment required to work in Formula 1 (whether in a travelling role or factory based) with family life. The hours can be very long at times, so you need to be committed and see it as more than just a job!
What was the best thing you ever did to help you get to where you are today?
Gaining relevant experience whilst still at school/college/university that could be taken directly into the working environment and to show a willingness to learn and progress.
What would you say to inspire someone to follow their dreams?
Just picture yourself doing whatever it is you want to do then picture the path that will take you there! It may be a long road but never give up and always keep that dream in your mind! If it’s something that means a lot to you and is a true passion then with your hard work and perseverance you’ll get there!
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