In the Formula One teams (F1) usually it is the drivers and team managers who take the spotlight, however, each of the members of the teams are vital to the success of a season.
the team Red Bull has been praised on more than one occasion for its great strategies that have allowed feats such as the championship of Max Verstappen or comebacks and victories of Sergio “Checo” Pérez and the person behind these strategies is called Hannah Schmitz.
Hannah is a Mechanical Engineer from Cambridge University and joined Red Bull Racing as an intern. Now, she is the team’s chief strategist, one of the few visible women in the paddock.
Schmitz has stolen the spotlight thanks to his brilliant analyzes that have earned him comparisons with other figures within the sport, including Iñaki Rueda and Mattia Binotto of the Ferrari team who have been widely criticized for the decisions and race strategies that have ended up by cost his drivers victory on more than one occasion.
In statements given to the official website of the team, Hannah spoke of what it means to be a woman, in a position of great responsibility within Formula One:
“As a strategist, you have to tell a lot of people what to do and they have to listen to you, so it’s building that trust and I think, As a woman, unfortunately that was more difficult, but now I have that respect and I hope that other young women who want to get into the sport see that you can do it, that you can accept it and we will see more diversity.
Schimtz has been part of the Red Bull team for 13 years and among the triumphs he can celebrate as his own is, for example, that of the Mexican “Czech” Perez at the Monaco Grand Prix and Max Verstappen’s victory in Hungary where the Dutchman came from behind thanks largely to the decisions made by Hannah.
Verstappen himself assured that the calm and adaptability of the strategist helped him to overcome his rivals and finally extend his advantage in the drivers’ championship.
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