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Nico Hulkenberg, Haas F1 Team, and Gary Gannon, Race Engineer, Haas F1 Team, in the pit lane
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Formula 1 Emilia Romagna GP
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F1 uncovered: A weekend behind the scenes with a race engineer

Watch a grand prix on television for long enough and you’ll surely hear a race engineer on the team radio, the soothing ying to their driver’s often abrupt and emotional yang. But what do they do for the rest of the weekend? OLEG KARPOV asked Gary Gannon, race engineer for Nico Hulkenberg at Haas, to reveal all

You know the drill: the ‘team radio’ banner pops up on screen 
and, a second or two later, amid crackles and the aural backdrop
of engine blare, a driver’s voice emerges – generally raised in a tone of tetchy complaint, sometimes at an outright screaming pitch.


The voice that responds is usually altogether more measured, both in tone and content, delivering the likes of “copy” or “understood” (or indeed some other variant of “just shut up and drive the car”) in the manner of an airline pilot informing the cabin crew to take their seats for landing.

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