• Mike Elliott

Technology Director of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Mike Elliott is the Technology Director of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. After achieving a Master of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering followed by a PhD in Aerodynamics from Imperial College London, Mike embarked upon what would quickly become a steep rise through the ranks of Formula One aerodynamicists – achieving significant success along the way.

But, why did he want to work on F1? It’s a rather interesting story… “The guy I shared an office with during my PhD convinced me it would be an interesting career to pursue,” he explains. “Ironically, he is our Chief Designer now and we sit two desks apart!”

While primarily focused on aerodynamics, Mike has also spent three years on the race team and two years working on the effect of aerodynamics on vehicle handling, giving him a rounded understanding of car performance.

20 years into a Grand Prix career which has spanned three front running-teams (McLaren, Renault and Mercedes), Mike has thus far achieved six Constructors’ Championship titles and a further eight top-three finishes.

When asked what his favourite memory with Mercedes has been so far, he replied: “Collecting the Constructors’ trophy on behalf of the team. It is a humbling and emotional experience to collect a prize that so many people have sweated blood and tears to achieve.”

Nationality: British
Date of birth: 4th June 1974
Place of birth: St Austell, UK
2017 Technology Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2012 Head of Aerodynamics, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2008 Principal Aerodynamicist, Renault F1 Team
2006 Team Leader, Aerodynamic Performance, McLaren F1 Team
2003 Trackside Aerodynamicist, McLaren F1 Team
2000 Aerodynamicist, McLaren F1 Team