• Question: what role do test operations technians do in formular one

    Asked by Pippa to Fe, Joe, Lauren, Olivia, Pete on 13 Mar 2015.
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      Lauren Dransfield answered on 13 Mar 2015:

      It’s very difficult to know exactly what people do in a sector I don’t work in, especially a specific job role :-S

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      Felicity Harer answered on 13 Mar 2015:

      Honest answer: I don’t know yet!
      As far as I can work out (thank you Google :P), they check that parts are working before they car is driven. If that’s anything like what the test engineers do here, that will be things like running a part on a machine and working out from that how it will behave on the car.
      We have a load of big machines here that do things like shake cars to check bits don’t fall off and there aren’t any funny noises, or smash cars in to things to see how they crash. There are lots of cool pictures online 🙂

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      Olivia Stodieck answered on 16 Mar 2015:

      wow – that’s specific – I don’t really know? but it sounds interesting… Some of the people who studied aeronautical engineering with me went into F1 (because of the speed, the aerodynamics of the F1 cars are very important). There is a lot of hightech in F1 cars and I’m sure you’d have to be pretty skilled to be a technician in F1. The cars actually get designed and analysed by engineers, but it will be technicians who put the cars together, test them and provide the data to engineers.