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Laurent Mekies, Team Principal, RB F1 Team
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How studying Tost, Whiting and Binotto shaped F1's latest team boss 

Laurent Mekies joined the Minardi team as an engineer in 2002. Now he’s back at the same outfit, now known as RB, via stints as the late Charlie Whiting’s deputy at the FIA and as sporting director of Ferrari. But, as OLEG KARPOV explains, this time he’s the boss…

“You should go to another team now, learn something new, get more experience and then come back to us.”

Given Franz Tost’s penchant for dry humour, you wouldn’t know how serious he was in suggesting that his then-chief race engineer, Laurent Mekies, should leave – in order to return down the line armed with new knowledge and ideas.

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