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Peter Crolla, Trackside Operations Manager, Haas F1 Team
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Formula 1 Chinese GP
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F1 uncovered: A race weekend behind-the-scenes with a team manager

What actually goes on away from the TV cameras over a grand prix weekend? To explore the rigours of one of the many roles that go on unseen, OLEG KARPOV follows Haas team manager Peter Crolla through F1’s return to China…

A Formula 1 team at a grand prix is like a travelling orchestra – except the musicians aren’t all sitting in one place during the performance and the ‘concert’ lasts for more than a week, from the arrival of the first staff to the departure of the last pieces of equipment.

Every element of an F1 team’s on-track operation is structured. Each of the nearly 100 team members has a clear understanding of their role, in some cases – such as during a pitstop – down to every step, every second.

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