In the round-up: Jock Clear, who worked with Michael Schumacher at Mercedes and was race engineer to his 1997 championship rival Jacques Villeneuve, will assist Schumacher’s son Mick in his rookie F1 campaign.
What they say
Mattia Binotto said Clear will work not with Leclerc in the main team as well as Ferrari Driver Academy members including Mick Schumacher
, who will made his F1 debut with Haas this year:
Jock is a great person, a great professional, he has been in Ferrari [for] many years.
His role in 2020 was being what we call a driver coach, an engineer who is supporting the drivers in order to perform in terms of driving to their best. Looking at the lines, looking at the way they are braking through the corner, accelerating, managing tyres. So they are there to support the race engineers, the performance engineers and the drivers to make sure that the driver is developing well.
We had some chats with Jock in the past weeks, we would like to develop him even more as a driver coach, not only for Charles, but looking ahead at the future, to our whole young drivers line-up we’ve got, the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Next year we’ve got Mick in Haas, starting his experience in F1. But we’ve got still young drivers competing in F2 like, for example, Robert Shwartzman. We’ve got Callum Ilott who will be our driver next year will do simulations we do through practice sessions.
So the role of Jock will be to assist these drivers to develop themselves as drivers, trying to exploit the most of their potential.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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