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“These machines are incredible”

Chris McPhail, Regional Sales Manager at ebm-papst Inc., talks about his passion for Formula OneTM, the co-operation between ebm-papst and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and his latest impressions from the track.


What interests you most about Formula OneTM racing? Do you have a favorite race?

Chris McPhail, with his colleagues Ali AlKadumi andMartin Scarafile at the F1 race in Montreal.

The speed, power, and engineering that goes into the design of these machines is truly incredible. The design and aerodynamics of the car are so vital to success or failure and the slightest adjustment to the wing or nose of the car can mean the difference between a podium finish or not. Circuit de Monaco gets a lot of praise and would be awesome to visit – the road courses are a lot more interesting and certainly strategy plays a bigger role with the various hairpin turns – makes passing a lot more challenging.

What is your impression of the partnership between Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and ebm-papst?

It certainly seems to be a beneficial one to both parties. Seeing the ebm-papst product in the garage to cool the vehicle’s system and electronics while they are working on it to the stand-alone fans on the floor circulating the air for the garage crew is impressive. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport indicated that the move to ebm-papst products has improved the team’s ability to work on the vehicle under more extreme conditions and push the vehicle to its limits.

Like a lot of successful businesses, there is a large team behind the scenes that really helps bring everything together.

Chris McPhail, ebm-papst Inc.

What was the most impressive thing about the Montreal race this year? What did you learn?

We had the opportunity to go into the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport garage in Montreal and have a tour of what goes on behind the scenes. The individual that gave the tour mentioned that we were the 1 percent of the 1 percent that get to see the car and workings of the team from this vantage point. There is so much R&D that goes into the design of these vehicles as each team is constantly looking for that advantage over the competition. Most of what you see on TV is primarily the race itself and the driver – like a lot of successful businesses and companies, there is a large team behind the scenes that really helps bring everything together.

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