Ossi Oikarinen: At the Races

At Grand Prix race courses all over the globe, he tunes sleek, high-powered Formula 1 race cars for flawless performance

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Ossi Oikarinen
Fast Times: Race engineer Ossi Oikarinen travels the world keeping his Formula 1 race cars in perfect running order.
Photo: Paulo Fridman

On a warm October afternoon, dozens of the fastest and most advanced automobiles in the world are tearing up the Interlagos Race Track just south of São Paulo, Brazil. The high-pitched screams of the race cars are deafening as they run through practice laps on the twisty, hilly, 4.3-kilometer course, with its 15 turns and views of suburban high-rise apartment buildings in the distance.

With just two days to go before the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the drivers are getting familiar with the course. And behind the scenes, but no less significant, the engineers are checking and tuning the countless vehicle technologies that will have to perform flawlessly over the 90 minutes of the race. The engineers are clustered in the pit area, and one of them, a blond Finn with a boyish face hardened into a studious glare, is watching real-time data flowing from one of the more than 80 sensors onboard his team’s car to a bank of computers and monitors in the pit. He is , race engineer for one of the three cars in the Panasonic Toyota Racing team, based in Cologne, Germany.

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