Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
Whiting obviously works very closely with the FIA technical delegate, Jo Bauer. An intense figure during a race weekend, Bauer is an unflappable and affable German, and someone whose bullshit detector is presumably extremely finely calibrated. Remember, any F1 technical infringement since 1997 will have been rumbled by this man and his team of experts, which effectively boils down to 11 hard-pressed individuals versus the highly paid engineering wizards all along the pit lane, some of whom are there specifically to find and exploit loopholes in the regulations. "It's a complex role. I couldn't possibly do it on my own," Bauer admits. "Basically, we make sure that what is in the rules is obeyed by the teams during an event."
If F1 conjures an unholy Venn diagram that mixes sport, money and politics, Bauer is the man who often finds himself stuck in the intersection. "There's a big pressure, and it doesn't get any less," he says. "When you write a report to the stewards, you have to be 100 per cent. You have to look down every avenue, every sideways area. If it goes to the Court of Appeal, these guys have enormous resources, and they employ lawyers who will try everything.