Back
Back

THE STEERING COLUMN: More Than Just a Job

THE STEERING COLUMN: More Than Just a Job

I work for a medium-sized engineering company in Northamptonshire, which ships high-tech products all round the world. I have a reasonably long commute to get to work and my days are spent in the office working in business support, with all the usual meetings, phone calls, discussions, debates and banter that you find in offices everywhere.

My day starts at around 08:30 and finishes at around 18:00, when I hit the road for home. I work quite a lot of weekends, too. My role is intellectually challenging, I work with some amazing people and the factory has a real buzz about it.

There is nothing unusual about this - I could be describing one of thousands of factories and offices around the UK and beyond.

What makes this place different is the sign that I pass as I drive into the factory each morning - the sign that reads Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. The sign that carries the plaques celebrating three years of World Championship wins and six race wins so far this season.

Often, the first reaction I get when someone learns that I work here is "Wow, that's my dream job, I'd love to work there; I'm a huge F1 fan. Do you get to go to all the races?" They see the glamour and gloss of F1 from the TV and imagine it's a champagne experience every day.

The reality is that it's a job like many others. But it is an amazing job - one that brings an intense sense of camaraderie and shared purpose, the emotional highs of winning, the intense lows of losing and the determination to always be better than your competition.

It's a job where you can look round and see someone who is globally recognisable working with someone who will forever be anonymous to the fans of the sport - but whose impact can be just as great.

It's a job in a medium-sized engineering company where you can see this result of your work on display to a world-wide TV audience from the comfort of your own sofa every other Sunday.

It's a job that makes you feel immensely proud of the company you work for and the work you do.

Life in the factory takes on a steady rhythm through the race season. In the week before a race, there is intense activity as preparations are made - and then suddenly it's quieter from mid-week, as the race team travel off to whichever country the race is in. In the week after a race, people arrive back from the track, when there are debriefs and post-race actions to be completed.

All of this provides the melody to the steady drum beat of the factory - working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to create parts for the fastest race cars on the planet.

Working in a Formula One team doesn't mean you have to be a huge F1 fan - indeed, sometimes that might count against you and hamper your ability to make the right decisions. But you do have to be passionate about your skills and the work that you do, be willing to put the team ahead of yourself, work incredibly hard and uphold the values of the team in everything you do.

And if the team is successful, then yes, there is champagne at race debriefs after a win, and there is the chance to sing 'We are the Champions' as a champion yourself at the Christmas party!

We live a strange existence in two parallel worlds - a medium-sized engineering business in the heart of England with people focused on doing amazing work, whilst simultaneously being leaders in one of the most viewed sports and entertainment circuses on Earth, with all its distractions, intrigues and excitement.

It is just a job. But as I walk in through reception every morning, past Nico Rosberg's 2016 World Championship winning car and a wall of trophies, I take a moment to remind myself that it's a pretty special job too...

Sorry, es scheint so, als sei die Version deines Browser zu alt!

Bitte aktualisiere deinen Browser oder lade eine aktuelle Version der unten aufgelisteten Browser herunter.

Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Firefox Mozilla Firefox Opera Opera Browserr Chrome Google Chrome