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23.08.2012

My Name is… Steve Armitage

Every month, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS will introduce one of the team’s dedicated employees. Their work may be different but they all are driven by the passion of Formula One and the desire to achieve on-track success.

My Name is... Steve Armitage

I am (age): 48

My job title is: Composites Laminator

My hobbies are: Clay shooting and golf

The team in 3 words... Driven, Dedicated and Focused

Q. Before working in Formula One I studied...

Motor vehicle mechanics at Nene College at Northampton while completing a three-year apprenticeship.

Q. Before working at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS I worked...

At Silverstone circuit at the Racing School. I looked after the Formula Ford cars, which gave me a taste for public racing. For several years I worked for racing teams including Eddie Jordan Racing preparing Formula 3 cars. Subsequently I was offered a position with a Silverstone-based composite firm making Formula 3 cars.

I then started my career in Formula One with the Stewart GP team, which after three seasons became Jaguar Racing. After two more years with Jaguar Racing I was offered a position at Brackley with the British American Racing team, which became Honda Racing, Brawn GP and now the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. I have been here for over ten years!

Q. My job on a day-to-day basis is...

In the composite clean room, we laminate composite components usually in a carbon mould from either a drawing or a lay-up manual. Once we have completed the laminating and the uncured component has been inspected, it is placed in a vacuum bag and cured in an Autoclave.

The clean room is a controlled environment, which promotes consistency. Each chassis, wing, brake duct or engine cover has to be within a very fine tolerance.

Q. What I like about working in Formula One is...

Working as part of a close-knit team, all working to exacting standards in a challenging and competitive environment.

Q. The best thing about working for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is...

Working for a team that provides excellent working conditions with the prestigious Mercedes heritage in motor racing.

Q. The most challenging aspect of my work is...

Consistently maintaining high standards to a demanding deadline.

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