Steve Nielsen I am doing all that does not concern techniques
Formula 1 team organization, staffed by several hundred people. Good management is one of the main keys to success in this sport, and the role of the team of managers, if not familiar to the General public, is actually very important. Occupying this position in Toro Rosso Steve Nielsen told nonf1.ru about his work and how he changed Formula 1 over the last 15 years.
Question Steve, few people understand, than in the Formula 1 actually Tim managers.
Steve Nielsen Sometimes I don't understand laughs.
Question nonetheless. What you meet in the team
Steve Nielsen team-Manager many duties. I am responsible for ensuring that all team members reached the road, so we had all the equipment. This is only one of the roles. Logistics personnel, communication with the stewards, consultation team about sports regulations. In essence everything that has nothing to do with technology, outside the scope of my duties. Today I can work on the transfer of staff from Spa to Monza and tomorrow to communicate with the stewards. We tried to make so that those responsible for the technique and results on the track didn't think about anything else. If they have problems, my goal is to solve these problems.
Question What is the most important in your work
Steve Nielsen everything is Important. Depending on circumstances during the race weekend, the nature of work is changing. On Wednesday, the most important thing - logistics, then - observance of the sports regulations. What is important on Sunday, not to care about me on Monday and Tuesday. It all depends on what happens with the command whether we're moving from a line on the track, are we working on a database or on the tests" class="posttag">tests.
Steve Nielsen I spent in the team for 12 years. When I got there, it was called Benetton, then Renault. When Renault decided to leave the championship, they sold the company. It was the right step because the team continued existence. But I felt that I wanted to change something. After twelve years in Enstone 12 years, during which the team thrice changed the name, I thought that I wanted to do something else.
Question What made you leave Caterham, in which you have passed after the Lotus
Steve Nielsen well. you Should carefully choose the words to answer this question. When I was negotiating the transition to the company, it seemed to me that the plans and goals of the team for me. But when I joined the team, I could see that they had expected. Let's just say I got there what in my view, was to engage in Motorsport. So early on, I realized that not stay in the team for a long time.
Steve Nielsen Yes, when I left the team, they decided to distribute responsibilities between staff differently. In my day, Alan was the chief race engineer, then became the head of operations in the sphere of obligations entered and responsibilities of the athletic Director. So he goes to the briefings of the FIA. In McLaren uses a similar scheme.
Question Tim managers team is basically the people who work in one place for a very long time. Why
Mostly these are people who have built up a career within the company, so perfectly know its structure. For team-Manager it is important to be familiar with specificity of work of each employee. I am not an expert in anything, but I have a rough idea of what you are doing engineers, mechanics, truck drivers, men who work with composite materials, or with transmissions. I have an idea about what they are doing, because I started with "small" position, and then he changed several departments. For team-Manager is very important to know the specifics of the work of different departments. And that is why it is often people with experience in several different positions.
Steve Nielsen on the one hand, everything remained as it was. On the other, the work was quite different. If you look at the command pictures of 1986, some of them in addition to the pilots are only four people. Since then, the sport has become much more money. With their appearance, a growing number of employees and number of operations. Sport has become more professional. Everything has changed. From motorhomes in which we spend most of the time now, before the situation in the boxes.
Question Your timetable became much denser than 10 years ago
Steve Nielsen I would not say. Because in the old days we moved off the track, on which is conducted the race, the track where were scheduled tests" class="posttag">tests. The race was constantly changed each other. Now, even though we became under 20 races, we go not so often. Logistics - although probably not all will agree with me - it became easier in comparison with what it was 15-20 years ago.
Steve Nielsen There are pros and cons. One of the main advantages is that based in Europe, it is easier for us to reach other European circuit, than from England. Distances much closer. Our trucks go from the base later than trucks with a database of teams in the UK and returned earlier.
One of the minuses - flights. If you are based in England, near Heathrow airport is a large international portal, where you can fly directly to almost anywhere in the world. The nearest airport to Faenza is located in Bologna. One of the main difficulties " we have to fly with transfers. We have to get first to Frankfurt or Paris, in order to change flights. It may not seem so serious problem, but when you have already at least 50 flights per year, each additional flight adds fatigue.
Question You moved in to Faenza with your family
Steve Nielsen Yes, my work is very important to live near the base of the team. I moved the family. We live next to Ravenna, near Faenza, on the coast. We like it very much.
Question I was always interested in this question. Perhaps you have an explanation for this phenomenon. In recent years, you literally pursuing Russian pilots. You worked in the Lotus there was Vitaly Petrov. Passed in Caterham - he has followed you. Now were in the Toro Rosso, and the team has signed a contract with Daniel Cvetom.
Steve Nielsen Yes, it's true. Don't know why, I have no answer. But I'm not too worried. I always liked to work with Petrov, Daniel, this year has been just great season. He has good prospects for the future.
text Oleg Karpov