Error messages and computer crashes.
We’re all familiar with the following scenario, aren’t we? Just one more important e-mail to quickly send, and then suddenly, disaster strikes: ‘Blue Screen’, error messages and a whole string of computer crashes. Not even DTM teams are safe from computer glitches, but the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has an effective weapon to combat intractable IT problems – systems administrator Mario Skobowsky (34). “The biggest challenge is to make the infrastructure so stable that nobody realises that IT is there at all,” says Mario, revealing the secret of his success. “That’s how it is in normal life. Nobody ever calls us to say that yes, their computer is working, thank you. People only call when it stops functioning. And that’s just how it has to be at the racetrack. If nobody gets in touch, then everything’s fine.”
Mario is in charge of all cabling, computers and data connections at the DTM racetrack. In order to network the whole of the paddock, he has to install from 500 to 700 meters of cable each race weekend. He also supervises all of the team’s computer equipment. “I have to look after all the laptops that are required,” says Mario.