Under Tom McCullough’s direction, Aston Martin F1 has undergone significant evolution. This transformation impacts both factory operations and on-track performance, showcasing an impressive synergy between team and technological advancements.
Tom McCullough, Aston Martin F1’s Performance Director, is impressed with how much his team has evolved over the past few months. He notes that the development of his team has allowed them to have a stronger impact in terms of evolution, both in the factory and in its development.
“Every time I return, the factory changes,” McCullough said. “Building 3, the wind tunnel, is truly impressive and making great strides. Building 2 is booming. And obviously, it’s a lot of work for many people who are not just focused on designing and developing an F1 car.”
“Then, we have integrated new people into the team over the last 12 to 24 months. New people continue to join us. And as a technical function, we are all learning to work with each other. We are all learning and understanding the regulations and the car.”
“We are developing our processes, trying to improve, taking into account all these different areas. I think the path we are taking as a group of technicians, but also as a company, allows us to design and manufacture products in much shorter time frames.”
“Every year, we push these things, but now we have the firepower necessary to push these things even further, which, ultimately, is part of the goal of becoming a team that fights at the forefront.”
Enhanced Factory Support Simplifies Track Work
Why track work is “easier”
McCullough has seen how much support the team at the factory has provided on the track: “We now rely a lot on a very strong support team at the factory. If you see the new control room, its size, its connectivity, it’s like having 30 or 40 people helping you.”
“They do detailed analyses to help you make the right decisions and I think that’s something everyone has adopted in Formula 1. It’s an area we focused on a lot two or three years ago – maybe even earlier – building the tools that allow us to do this.”
“Whether it’s the tires or aerodynamics on the track, it’s key to balancing the car’s operation. There are very strong groups supporting us, helping us make better decisions. The strategic group is strong, important, and growing, with a rotation element of a few people.”
“We haven’t necessarily had the same strategists at the track in the last races of 2023, for example. We may not be as involved in rotation as we would like, but we are so well supported by the factory that it makes our work on the track a bit easier.”
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