“I’d drawn out a plan of how I was going to be doing things but in reality it’s been very different – I’ve adapted.” Eric Ernst joined Formula E as its Head of Technology in March and soon had to throw his plans out of the window. He says: “Things I thought would be straightforward are really hard and things that I thought would be impossible have already been done.” It has been a challenge but one he has got his head around ahead of what promises to be Formula E’s most exciting season so far.
By John Portch
Ernst, who came to Leaders HQ for this in-depth interview, delved into the differences between working at the Volvo Ocean Race, where he was previously employed, and the fast-paced world of motorsport where races cross continents in a matter of weeks. Also up for discussion that morning were:
- Formula E’s efforts to balance innovation with a retention of strategic elements in races;
- Setting priorities within the technology department;
- The value of working groups when it comes to problem-solving;
- The core values he sets up above all others.