MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS introduce one of the team’s dedicated employees. Their work may be different but they all are driven by the passion of Formula One and the desire to achieve on-track success.
My name is… Hugues Bretonnier
I am (age): 28
My job title is: Mechanical Designer
My hobbies are: Sport, Cinema
The team in three words: Professional, Teamwork, Expectation
Q. Before working in Formula One, I studied…
Engineering in France (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) and England (Cranfield University) – I have always been fascinated by movement, both small mechanisms or bigger ones such as cars and aircraft.
Q. Before MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, I worked…
I was lucky enough to join the team as a graduate so it was a pretty steep learning curve from the start!
Q. My job, on a day-to-day basis, is…
As part of the Mechanical Design Group, my main focus is on the suspension system. It might be hard to appreciate the differences between cars in this area on television but there is a lot going on!
At the end of the day, it remains the essential link between the tyres providing grip and the chassis responding to inertia & aerodynamic forces. The architecture of the suspension system buried inside the chassis remains a key area of development which I enjoy working on.
My role of front suspension lead designer involves defining the suspension geometry and following up the detailing of all components. As a result, I work closely with many departments to achieve the best result and meet our performance targets. Following parts through build and testing comes next in order to check the behaviour and strength of the assemblies.
Q. What I like about working in Formula One is…
This is a fairly special industry where everything happens very quickly. Turning an idea into a set of parts only takes a few weeks whereas it would normally take months or even years in other businesses.
As an engineer, this is definitely attractive. It is a nice feeling to be part of a successful project where you know you have contributed to making the cars go faster. Even better when efforts are rewarded by a race win which really brings everybody together and is a nice moment to share.
Q. The best thing about working for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is…
As part of the Mercedes-Benz family, there is naturally a strong dynamic to be competitive and this sets exciting ambitions towards winning races and ultimately championships.
The quality of the people and their high standards also contribute to make it an attractive place to work and challenge yourselff.
Q. The most challenging aspect of my work is…
In a nutshell, it is to keep pushing the boundaries to always improve packaging, reduce weight or increase the performance metrics while ensuring that everything fits together and performs well first time.