Jan.30 (PVM) Ten days into January, Williams announced a sponsorship agreement with the Performance Inc. company of Olympic legend Michael Johnson, which may promp one to ask: what can an athletic superstar do to enhance a Formula 1 team?
Johnson, four-time winner of Olympic gold, explained to the The Guardian, “I feel extremely confident in myself and my staff in terms of what we have put together in training methodology and bio mechanical efficiency.”
“I don’t think anybody knows it better than us. There is a tremendous amount of bio mechanical movement going on in the pit stops so it stands to reason we can make them quicker.”
“The amount of steps that it is going to take for the guy that has got that tire and has got to put it on. It makes all the difference in the world which is his lead leg to how many steps he is going to take.”
“And the guy with the gun – it jumped out at me immediately that you can do it two different ways. You can take it off the wheel and bring it straight back into your chest or you can take it off and point it upwards to get it out of the way.”
“What has never been done is to evaluate the guy from a sensory stand-point to see how accurate can he be,” said Johnson.
Ben Howard, the left front wheel crew man for Williams, said of the appointment, “I think everybody was excited, but possibly a little bit apprehensive as well. Michael is well known and trains top-level sports people but we’re not professional athletes so there was some nervousness as to what he might make us do.”
“To be honest not everyone goes to the gym to train because we use our own activities and hobbies outside of work to keep fit. It’s been good, though, really interesting, and obviously a privilege to be working with someone of his caliber,” revealed Howard.