Every month, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS will 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… Mark Harrison
I am (age): 40
My job title is: R&D Design Engineer
My hobbies are: Scuba diving, golf, football
The team in 3 words: Drive, Passion, Teamwork
Q. Before working in Formula One, I studied…
Q. Before MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, I worked…
After finishing university, I started at Reynard Racing Cars as a Graduate Engineer working on the Champ Car project. I was the Project Coordinator in the Drawing Office which gave me an invaluable grounding in motorsport. A couple of years later, I was promoted to a Design Engineer position working on engine installations. Unfortunately, in 2002 Reynard Motorsport went into administration, so for the next four years I had a number of jobs working for small motorsport companies before starting at Brackley in 2006.
Q. My job, on a day-to-day basis, is…
My day involves designing rigs and fixtures to enable the thorough testing of components to pass a set of performance and safety criteria. This is mostly what we call Class A components like suspension and wings where failure of the part could result in a serious accident.
My role involves liaising with the design and stress engineers for the component to devise a suitable method of testing it and then designing the rig accordingly. This process can often take as little as 24 hours although bigger projects can take months to complete.
Q. What I like about working in Formula One is…
It’s the pinnacle of the motorsport industry and consequently, for an engineer, the technology is cutting-edge. We have some very interesting rigs that we use to develop the race car parts to the optimum. Of course there’s always room for improvement and that’s one of the biggest challenges in Formula One. It’s such a fast-moving industry that there is always something new to research and learn about.
Q. The best thing about working for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is…
It would have to be the variety of the job on a day-to-day basis. One day you might be designing a new rig and the next day may involve putting together old parts to enable a test to be done at very short notice. There’s a great team spirit that exists in the team with everyone pulling in the same direction to try and win the next race and Championship.
I feel honored to work within such a team and for such a prestigious brand as Mercedes-Benz with an incredible history in Formula One.
Q. The most challenging aspect of my work is…
Producing innovative “right first time” solutions in the shortest time possible, enabling us to get parts tested and onto the race car at the earliest opportunity.