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World F1 engineer: Working remotely is "phenomenally difficult"

18:30  25 november  2020
18:30  25 november  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Formula 1 bosses and engineers will find it ‘ phenomenally difficult ’ to do their job remotely in the future, says senior Williams figure Dave Robson.

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is discussing this. With the increasing workload on Formula 1 staff due to the ever fuller and denser racing calendar, more and more team bosses are thinking about alternative ways of working, for example in the form of home offices. Mattia Binotto (Ferrari) and Toto Wolff (Mercedes) announced plans to do so.

You yourself want to try to skip a few races from next season, and senior engineers are also thinking about an adjusted schedule. However, Dave Robson, performance engineer at Williams, has doubts.

It is technologically possible to work from the factories on Grand Prix weekends. But there are important things that you miss when you are not there.

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difficult ’ to do their job remotely as the number of races increases, says Williams' Dave Robson:https://www.autosport.com/ f 1 /news/153727/ f 1 -staff- working - remotely - is - phenomenally - difficult …

F 1 staff working remotely is " phenomenally difficult " Formula 1 bosses and engineers will find it ' phenomenally difficult ' to do their job remotely in the future, says senior Williams figure Dave Robson 1606212432 F 1 .

Certain conditions make it difficult to work from home

Robson experienced this firsthand when he missed the latest Turkish Grand Prix and found that there were some unexpected complications, precisely because he was not present at the racetrack: "I can do everything Do it remotely, I'm well prepared in the factory, but it's phenomenally difficult. "

"You notice how many nuances and how many conversations you miss and how difficult it is to connect things," he says. "So it's not easy - especially when the conditions are like they were in Turkey."

If it had been a straightforward, dry race weekend, he said it would have been "a lot easier," explains Robson. "Partly because I didn't feel the need to interfere and partly because there were less unusual things to worry about."

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Possible rotation with second team

In order to still react to the growing number of races, some teams are also discussing plans for more staff rotation to counteract the risk that the employees will burn out at some point because of the many race weekends.

"You shouldn't forget that the hardest working people are the ones who set up and dismantle the workshops and the mechanics who stay overnight if something goes wrong," emphasizes Mercedes team boss Wolff. "You have to ask yourself how long it will last and whether you will introduce another system."

For example by installing a second team that can take on these tasks. "That is something that we are dealing with at the moment," explains the Austrian.

Is it possible without "virtual garages"?

Even if the extended calendar encourages more and more employees to work from the factories instead of constantly traveling, Formula 1 is considering a ban on these "virtual garages" , which act as bases for those who stayed at home.

Robson believes, "It is possible to live without them. If you look back enough in the past, they never existed, and the on-site team can do an absolutely good job of making sure the car is safe and is legal. Those are the two most important things anyway. "

"So you could do without them as long as everyone followed the same rules as they did back then. It would be feasible. I don't know whether it would be better overall, I don't have a strong opinion," says the Williams engineer in conclusion.

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