Loic Serra is Performance Director of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
Loic’s love for racing goes back to his teenager years, when he became interested in go-karting. At the age of 18, he embarked on his first major racing project in his parents’ garage: designing and manufacturing his very own go-kart chassis.
After school, Loic studied at Arts et Métiers ParisTech in Aix-en-Provence and Paris, focusing on Mechanical Engineering. His university gave him permission to work on a completely new go-kart concept together with a classmate. They were granted unrestricted access to the university’s machine shop for the project and ended up building virtually every part of the kart from scratch, even casting their own brake discs.
After graduating from university, Loic took a job with Michelin, working as a quality engineer in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, before transferring to the company’s main R&D hub in Clermont-Ferrand, France. His department worked on new tyres and suspension concepts and he built a deep understanding of vehicle dynamics in those years, in particular the complex interactions between the tyres, the suspension and the car.