• Mike Elliott

Technical Director

Mike Elliott is the Technical Director of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 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.

Having initially joined Mercedes as Head of Aerodynamics in 2012, Mike moved up to the role of Technology Director in 2017, playing a key role in developing the team’s performance capability as part of our senior technical leadership.

In mid-2021, he was promoted to Technical Director – replacing James Allison, as he transitioned to his new role as Chief Technical Officer.

On his new position as Technical Director of the team, Mike said: “it is an amazing opportunity to become Technical Director of a team like Mercedes and an incredible privilege to be part of this team. I know that the leadership strength at every level through the company will be vital to our future success. I can't wait to tackle the many exciting technical challenges ahead of us in the years to come.

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 next to each other!”

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 the many elements involved in car performance.

Over 20 years into a Grand Prix career which has spanned three front running-teams (McLaren, Renault and Mercedes), Mike has thus far achieved eight 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
2021 Technical Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
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