Behind the success of every Formula One driver is a team of highly
skilled and experienced engineers, technicians and mechanics. Their
job is to get the car into the driver's hands fully prepared for the
rigours of the track.
pupil of Longbenton High School in Newcastle is lucky enough to be
with the Toyota Formula One team as an electronics data engineer.
is one of the few women working in Formula One.
Hall's job on race day is to look after all the electronics on the
car - and there's a lot to do.
a dream job for me", says 30-year-old Gill. "I've followed
Formula One for years, and now I'm actually part of one of the teams".
has to run the systems that communicate between the car on the track
and the engineers back in the pits, checking every aspect of the
car's operation. If something starts to go wrong, the pit crew will
know about before the driver does.
Driver Olivier Panis completes another lap.
Olivier Panis values her calm approach: "She's really cool
under pressure, and that's what the drivers need - she gets on with
her job, and we can concentrate on the race".
Olivier Panis, says Gill keeps cool under pressure.
a graduate of Northumbria University, is the only woman in the technical
Manager Richard Cregan says she's had to work even harder than the
men to get where she is. "She's probably had to be even more
talented than her male colleagues are to take on such a responsible
how long can she keep working under such pressure? During the race
season there's no time for any social life.
always either travelling abroad, preparing on race circuits, or
packing up and coming home", says Gill. "There's no time
for any social life - but I'm going to keep going for as long as