Professional racing is far from a solo job. The driver may be the one getting all the attention, but there's a horde of people behind the scenes dedicated to making sure everything works out correctly. Some of those people are engineers whose sole purpose is to communicate with the driver to ensure the car is as capable as it should be. Sometimes, that communication doesn't go smoothly.
Here's what the driver-engineer relationship is like: Basically, it's the driver's job to communicate what's happening with the car—is it oversteering on corner exit? Are the brakes consistent from corner to corner? It's the engineer's duty to analyze that feedback and make improvements accordingly. interviewed a bunch of drivers and engineers to gain insight into the ups and downs of the driver-engineer relationship, and the answers are pretty interesting.
The thing is, drivers and engineers argue with each other all the time. British F3 Champion Enaam Ahmed says the driver-engineer relationship can sometimes seem like a marriage, with each nagging the other. Whether it's setup or feedback, both sides are rarely ever on the same page. Some engineers want the driver to explain every iota of detail during a test lap, while others prefer to make their changes based solely on the telemetry, no verbal description required. Likewise, some drivers are willing to sit down and talk about a car's setup, while others would rather figure it out behind the wheel on-track. It's up to the two to figure out the best way they can communicate with each other, and set up a way to share issues and sort out problems quickly and efficiently.
Like any other SafeIsFast video, this one features a bunch of today's top drivers, and plenty of engineers from their teams. Check it out here.