Tales of a former Formula 1 Chief Mechanic


Tales of a former Formula 1 Chief Mechanic

Baker then graduated in Formula 1 with Arrows-Yamaha, again as No. 1 mechanic. After four years with Arrows, he moved to Renault where he won two World Championships with Fernando Alonso. Finally, he spent the last five years as the Chief Mechanic with Renault/Lotus, working with another past World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen.

Greg, all Formula 1 drivers are exceptionally gifted racers, but they also are incredibly selfish individuals and some of them are pretty temperamental, I think. What are your thoughts?

“Well, yes. A few years ago, one of our drivers had been complaining for a couple of races about bad pictures on his TV screen. He got fed up and threw the remote control through the screen! His engineer came on radio to ask for a new TV screen. We didn’t give him the new TV, and we waited to the next session to get him one, along with a bubble wrapped remote control. He eventually saw the funny side of it.

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