Verge Meets: Daniel Marshall

Farah menswear has released the sixth and final episode of its #RaceReady series in partnership with Sahara Force India, featuring Senior Design Engineer in Aerodynamics, Daniel Marshall. As the team’s Official Apparel Partner, Farah menswear is creating a six-part series on the people behind the scenes of the world’s most stylish sport.

                                                                                 

DAN MARSHALL ON ABU DHABI

 

We spoke to Sahara Force India Aerodynamics Engineer Dan Marshall as part of the Farah menswear Race Ready series, ahead of Abu Dhabi this weekend.

What does your typical day involve?

My typical day involves assessing how the aerodynamic projects are progressing, what needs to be done to get them to the wind tunnel tests and what potential tests are coming up that we need to prepare for. I also lead the other designers in designing parts for the race car

How long does it typically take to design parts for the race car? 

One upgrade to one area of the car can take the designers of the race car itself about one month to design and produce. For the aerodynamics team however this can take anywhere between 2-6 months developing a particular area of the car, before it reaches any kind of performance stage

How did you first get involved in motorsport/F1?

I got involved in karting back at school, racing nationally around the country, however once I got older I realised I didn’t have the money or probably the skill to become a racing driver. Coming from an engineering family, I naturally fell into this route and pursued it as a career

What does race day involve for a design engineer?

Being an aerodynamics engineer, race day is pretty much like any other weekend. We don’t get involved in the track side of things so we’ll be back at the wind tunnel designing projects 365 days of the year. The design department work on a totally different schedule to the rest of the team meaning that when the racing finishes at Abu Dhabi this weekend, that is the busiest time for us because we’ve got all of the information we need for next year’s car.

Does Abu Dhabi differ from any other races? 

The biggest difference for Abu Dhabi is that the race obviously runs day to night. Changes in the track temperature mean we have to set the car up slightly differently to what we’d do normally to make sure we get good performance throughout the race, depending on our strategy

What can we look forward to in 2018?

Hopefully Sahara Force India will continue to punch above our weight and beat the bigger teams like Maclaren and Renault!

Dan Marshall of Sahara Force India is part of the Farah menswear Race Ready series.

To shop the collection, visit: www.farah.co.uk #RaceReady