Paul Field

HEAD OF PRODUCTION, SUPPLY CHAINS & LOGISTICS

Nationality  British
Hometown  Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Date of birth  01/Sep/1972

As Head of Production, Supply Chain, and Logistics, Paul is responsible for the department that manufactures our cars, delivering a constant stream of new components and assemblies to the race team, and ensuring that everything that goes onto the car is of the highest quality.

Paul’s long career has taken him from driving forklift trucks as a youngster to stints in composites at Jordan Grand Prix, BAR and eventually the Honda team of the mid-2000s, where he eventually became Manufacturing…

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As Head of Production, Supply Chain, and Logistics, Paul is responsible for the department that manufactures our cars, delivering a constant stream of new components and assemblies to the race team, and ensuring that everything that goes onto the car is of the highest quality.

Paul’s long career has taken him from driving forklift trucks as a youngster to stints in composites at Jordan Grand Prix, BAR and eventually the Honda team of the mid-2000s, where he eventually became Manufacturing Manager. In 2007 he moved to Red Bull Racing in the same role. He was promoted to Head of Manufacturing in 2010 and then to his current position in 2014. Now managing a number of groups, Paul’s department has changed a great deal over the years.

“The sport is constantly evolving – and so the manufacturing processes and the products we use have evolved also,” says Paul. “Rather than taking components to a test track as we did many years ago, most track testing now takes place during Friday practice sessions at the grands prix. The whole ethos of the manufacturing cycle changed because of that, and naturally every team evolved to cope. Some adapted better than others and there is a real competitive advantage to be found in getting that process just right.”

The cycle of development in Formula One is continuous – which means the production operation works solidly throughout an F1 season, and not just during the intense winter period of building a new car. Minimising the time needed to manufacture a new suite of parts can mean getting a major upgrade to the track a race ahead of schedule. With hundredths of seconds determining grid position and grid position determining race results, it makes a difference.

And there’s no letting up in his commitment to the team’s success. “I always wanted to work in the sport and strived to get here. It didn’t fall in front of me; it’s something I chased. Really, it’s the dream I chased. And it doesn’t wear off! Even today I eat, drink and live it – and that’s true of most people working here in the factory. We aren’t out at the circuit but we live every moment on track.” 

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Nationality  British
Hometown  Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Date of birth  01/Sep/1972

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