Podcast: Frank Dernie, Engineering the Greats

Motor Sport Podcast

A veteran of Williams, Lotus and Benetton, Frank Dernie knows what it takes to engineer the greatest drivers. In the latest of our podcast series, he recalls working alongside the likes of Piquet, Mansell and Schumacher.


In a career with Hesketh, Williams and Benetton – to name a few – Frank Dernie helped haul F1 into the digital era, pioneering the use of data loggers, active suspension and extensive wind tunnel testing.

He also worked with many of the legends of the sport, including Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher.

In the latest from our podcast series, he tells us what makes a great driver; the one ingredient that could have seen Ligier challenging Williams in 1992; and how to add more excitement to modern Formula 1.

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