In a recent article in The Guardian, UK Ian Wright, the chief engineer for vehicle dynamics with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, said: “There’s definitely a shortage of the right people. What we’ve found is that somebody spot on in terms of the maths can’t do the software; if they’re spot on in terms of the software, they can’t do the maths.”
Mathspig looked up the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One website and found this ad:
Senior Mechanical Designer (or Design Engineer)
Knowledge of Catia V5, suspension systems, vehicle dynamics, hydraulic systems and composites would be an advantage. Flexibility in hours and approach is required, along with a positive ‘can do’ attitude and the skill to communicate effectively. The ability to work unsupervised and with a very high degree of drive and self-responsibility is essential.
Well, of course, mathspigs, you need a high level of drive to work in a Formula 1 team, but you also need maths. See Can a Formula 1 Car drive Upside Down?
There is a lot of maths in designing F1 racing cars.
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to complex maths involving aerodynamics
Formula One Design
The following video gives a very good insight into Formula One Car Design and Aerodynamics