Of course, the races are still won on the racetrack. But the foundation of these victories originate in the engine shop in Brixworth, company headquarters in Stuttgart, and right here in Brackley. Team spirit is typically a bit elusive and abstract, but here in the Formula 1 plant, it’s palpable because of people like Toto Wolff, for example, team principal and managing partner. He may be one of the few team managers with a private office, but the only things separating him from everyone else are a pane of glass and some elegant sideboards. “That was a deliberate decision,” says 44-year-old Wolff. “Every now and then there are meetings that I can only have behind closed doors, but I try to be as transparent as possible.” He prefers to take his laptop and work alongside his colleagues.