By Steve Matchett

Ever ask yourself what it takes to place jointly a successful F1 race motor vehicle? What concerning the strain that rests at the shoulders of the mechanic tasked with that accountability? For ten years, Steve Matchett was once an engineer and mechanic with the Benetton formulation 1 race staff. As a valued member of that association, he skilled firsthand what it takes to make a crew winning within the most sensible echelon of motorsports. during this autobiography, Matchett bargains an intimate view of his years as an F1 mechanic, from the garages to the paddock, replete with a mechanics-eye view of the most important personalities and performances that make or holiday a profitable F1 crusade.

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I suppose that both of these tracks have their own individual merits, but after talking to many of the current crop of Formula One mechanics in the pit-lane, the majority seem to have arrived via the college and road car route. Perhaps the engineering of a modern Grand Prix car has become too refined, needing a far greater degree of basic technical competence than was required in the past. The mechanical experience and qualifications on my CV must have looked fine on paper; I had worked through an indentured City and Guilds apprenticeship – proudly passing the yearly exams with a series of credits and distinctions.

I later discovered that he was a big name from Formula 3000, who had finally made the giant leap up to Formula One; but as I’d never studied F3000, I didn’t know of him. The Onyx cars were pleasantly presented, painted a rich, deep blue, trimmed with pink and white. They were primarily sponsored with money from Marlboro and Moneytron, the latter a company owned by a huge and enigmatic Belgian, Jean-Pierre Van Rossem. At least I’d heard of him, even if I knew nothing of Mike Earle. Jean-Pierre was a financial wizard who had made millions on the stock market.

I rang Williams and asked if my letter had arrived. Their receptionist advised me to send another letter. A replacement was in the first post the following morning. Two weeks went by. So did four. Nothing. Onyx? Benetton? Lotus? Not a sausage. Patience. It’s all about being patient. Someone out there wants me to work for them, they just don’t know it yet. If you really want something and are prepared to work for it… I telephoned McLaren and a girl told me that they didn’t need anybody at the moment.

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