McLaren Snaps: VEHICLE PERFORMANCE

Team

During the course of the 2016 F1 season, Mobil 1 and Esso bring you exclusive access to some of the personalities in the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. This week, the spotlight is on Mission Control, as we talk to one of the dedicated team members who help keep the team on track from McLaren HQ. 

NAME:
Richard Frith

JOB ROLE
Team Leader -  Vehicle Performance.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT McLAREN? 
2 years.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS… 
Tall, Northern, determined.

FAVOURITE RACE LOCATION? 
Silverstone. I used to live there and got married in the village church so it feels like going home.

FIRST McLAREN MEMORY? 
Senna winning at Donnington in 1993.

BEST McLAREN MEMORY? 
It will be when we're on the podium again.

FAVOURITE RACE IN McLAREN HISTORY? 
Canada 2011, an amazing win by JB and the team.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR THREE F1 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS? 
Laptop, passport, money – without any one of those it’s going to be stressful!

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 
Seeing ideas and conversations go through simulation, design and production to become parts that make the car faster.  It’s extremely rewarding when that process works..

FAVOURITE McLAREN DRIVER – PAST OR PRESENT? 
Fernando because of his passion to win again.

WHEN NOT AT WORK, I LIKE TO… 
Have fun outdoors with my two young daughters and train for my next half-Ironman triathlon.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF
I once missed a bus home as a kid so I jumped on a coal train as it was loading up at the pit and jumped off again near my village – don’t try this at home kids!

WHAT FUELS YOU THROUGH YOUR DAY? 
Plenty of coffee!

YOUR FAVOURITE LUBRICATION (DRINK!)? 
A good Johnnie Walker Scotch (double) with just a little ice.

IF I WASN’T WORKING IN FORMULA 1, I WOULD BE….
...A pilot. My first love was aircraft and I studied aerospace engineering at university before motorsport got me hooked.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Digging ditches as a summer job. A friend called me Dig A Ditch Rich and the nickname Digger has stuck to this day whenever I go home to South Yorkshire.