Inventiveness, resilience, collaboration, cunning and courage: Manor has always been a team with a pure racing heart - from the pit wall to the cockpit, Manor remains a team of true racers.
Dave spent an incredible 34 years with McLaren Racing. He joined as a mechanic in the 1970s and worked his way to become its sporting director. He contributed to 147 Grand Prix wins, 11 Drivers' and 8 Constructors' World Championships. He went on to form and develop a sports car team, Von Ryan Racing, which became a leading team in the Blancpain GT Series.
John joined the Williams team in 1986, then decided to do the first ever Masters Degree in Composite Materials. When he returned it would be with Arrows, and then the Jordan team, pioneering the use of composite suspension. He was promoted to Chief Designer - responsible for all of their race-winning cars, and then took a well-earned break from the sport in 2008. 2010 and he was back designing Virgin Racing’s first Formula One car. He remained with the team to this day.
Luca is responsible for bringing the car’s design from conception to reality, a role he previously undertook for Toro Rosso. Luca also spent 11 years at McLaren where he contributed to 45 wins, 140 podium finishes and one World Championship title with Lewis Hamilton. Prior to McLaren, Luca gain invaluable racetrack experience with Tyrrell and BAR where he acted as both Race Engineer and Performance Engineer with those teams.
Nikolas, with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering joined the Benetton F1 team in 1994 as an aerodynamicist. Three years later he joined Scuderia Ferrari as part of the all-conquering team that propelled Michael Schumacher to successive championships. Then to McLaren, where he again focused on aerodynamics, being promoted to Head of Planning before returning to Ferrari in 2006. As Chief Designer, he led the design of the SF15-T race car, driven by Sebastian Vettel to third in the 2015 driver’s championship, with 13 podiums along the way.
Pat started with missiles. The deadly type, rather than the racing kind with Thorn EMI. But he’s always had a keen interest in motorbikes. So keen that he built motorbike suspension systems in his spare time. Benetton Formula One’s R&D department – working on active suspension systems – got word. And so began Pat’s F1 career.
After Benetton came McLaren where Pat served as Mika Häkkinen’s and then David Coulthard’s race engineer before assuming responsibility for all race operations. Ferrari beckoned in 2010 and during his four years with the legendary team, Pat rose to become its Director of Chassis.
Stephen’s F1 obsession began as a teen, admiring the antics of his fellow countryman Eddie Irvine. Realising he was on the wrong side of the fence in 2014, he vowed to become more involved ...not realising that an unexpected opportunity would arise in Manor Racing. He’s brought the team back from the brink leading the restructuring of its operations; establishing a new factory in Banbury and securing a long-term powertrain partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Stephen is the founder and CEO of OVO Energy, one the UK’s leading independent energy providers.
Thomas Mayer is our newest but most pivotal recruit. As Chief Executive Officer, he is spearheading the team’s long-term strategy, bringing our people together and helping us to focus clearly, in order to accelerate improvement.
Formerly COO of Renault Sport F1 and with a wealth of experience in the world of aerospace prior to that, with Bombardier, Thomas brings highly relevant F1 and engineering smarts. He also shares our passion to succeed and challenger spirit. His task is to develop Manor Racing into an increasingly competitive force, synonymous with an unconventional and innovative approach toachieving performance.