Neil Martin (motorsport)

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Neil Martin (born 3 September 1972) is an English Formula One strategist, the former head of strategy at Scuderia Ferrari.

After studying mathematics and computer science at the University of Southampton, he wrote his operations research MSc paper on risk assessment. Originally intending to seek a job in the City of London, he showed the paper to McLaren Racing, who offered him a job.[1]

Martin was responsible at McLaren for the direction of strategic development of technology and race strategies, developing software to provide instant access to data on specific car components while on track.[2] His role came to public prominence at the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix, when he helped Kimi Räikkönen win the race by making a key strategic call during a safety car incident, by sending an email from McLaren's Woking base to stay out rather than pit.[3]

Headhunted by Red Bull Racing in May 2006, he joined the team as Chief Strategist in January 2007.[2]

In January 2011, after Ferrari made a poor strategic call during the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which lost driver Fernando Alonso the 2010 World Championship to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, Martin joined Ferrari alongside ex-McLaren engineer Pat Fry in a revamped Ferrari race operations and engineering team.[4] He left Ferrari at 2015 in the team’s organizational restructuring. [5][6][7]

In 2016, Martin led an engineering team for Mercedes-affiliated HWA and was engaged in the team’s Formula E plan along with Steve Clark.[8]


  1. ^ James Allen (2 September 2008). "Planning success". FT. Retrieved 6 January 2011.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Southampton Graduate Hired for Formula 1". University of Southampton. May 2006. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  3. ^ Kevin Garside (23 May 2005). "E-mail keeps Raikkonen on road to glory". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Pat Fry replaces Chris Dyer in Ferrari reshuffle". BBC Sport. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Rivoluzione a Maranello: Hamashima lascia la Ferrari, fuori anche Neil Martin". 17 December 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Ferrari's firings". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Formule 1 : Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team - Impression de News". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Revealed: Mercedes already active on Formula E plans". Retrieved 27 October 2018.