The Hamilton-beating engineer carrying Mercedes to FE glory

One of Formula 1’s most decorated race engineers of recent times, Tony Ross has made the bold step into Formula E overseeing Mercedes’ arrival to the category. Trading near-guaranteed success for a start-up was a bold choice, but its already bearing fruit

The case for Mercedes being the greatest Formula 1 team of all time grows stronger with each season. Since the 2014 introduction of hybrid powertrains it has swept all in its path to one side and, perhaps most impressively, continued that dominance through the regulation changes introduced for 2017. It has matched Ferrari’s record of six constructors’ titles on the bounce and is set for more.

Why, then, would you swap it all to enter the most unpredictable championship going, where there can be no guarantee of immediate success? That’s the path taken by Tony Ross, the chief race engineer of the Mercedes Formula E team.

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