The cars are under starters’ orders today for the Monaco grand prix. The fact that I’ll take an interest in the outcome is as much a surprise to me as it is to anyone who knows me.
If you had asked me six months ago if I thought I’d ever be writing about formula one racing, the answer would have been a resounding ‘no’. Motor racing ranked right up there with cricket for me: dismissed as dull.
What I hadn’t appreciated was the innovation and the teamwork that goes on behind the scenes. After a race, each team gets together to see how it can shave a nanosecond off its performance at the next race.
I found out about it earlier this year at a two-day training course for managers on collaborating to achieve results. We heard from Mark Jenkins, a management lecturer at Cranfield University. His specialism is in drawing business lessons from formula one racing.
Monte Carlo has been home to motor car racing since 1929 and it became only the second track in the world to be designated for formula one events. With its tight bends and tunnel section, the course is both the slowest and the trickiest of all formula one tracks.
Good luck to everyone taking part – and by that, I mean not just the drivers themselves but also the teams behind them. As I’ve learnt, each and every person has a role.