The headmaster's office
Race director Charlie Whiting and key lieutenants meet for a briefing every morning of a grand prix weekend. This is what they talk about
It's 8.30am, Saturday morning at Interlagos. FIA race director Charlie Whiting is sitting at his desk in a spacious office. Windows on two sides offer a panorama of the twisting Autodromo Carlos Pace - Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Filing into his office are the 20 or so white-shirted FIA crew - those collectively responsible for running the grand prix. Opposite Whiting is deputy race director (and former Toro Rosso chief engineer) Laurent Mekies. Technical delegate Jo Bauer stands with his back to the wall, while sitting amongst the team are FIA stalwarts such as Kris De Groot (responsible for tyre usage) and John Marson (power units).