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Race Strategy & Data Analysis Jobs

About the Job Role

Motorsport Race Strategy & Data Analysis jobs include:
Data Engineer, Race Strategy Engineer, Data Analyst, Team Strategy, Performance Engineer/Analyst, Simulation Engineer
Undoubtedly one of the biggest changes in motorsport over the last two decades has been the availability of data to help teams make changes and improvements to both the vehicle and driver’s/rider’s race strategy. Data plays a part throughout the entire process in motorsport – from initial R&D and simulation through to race day. Data Engineering and Race Strategy jobs are plentiful.
Most vehicles are now sensor driven. You’ll be the link between the sensors and the race engineers and driver who’ll prepare the vehicle and base the race strategy on the information you provide. You’ll contribute to performance optimisation of either specific elements or the entire package and be expected to make informed decisions in-race so it’s not a job for the indecisive or introverted. You’ll need to have confidence in yourself and your skills.

Simulation is another burgeoning area of motorsport engineering and data engineers are in high demand. Simulation roles can be slightly less pressurised than the job of a Race Strategy Data

About the Person

You’ll need to be highly motivated to work at any level in the competitive world of motorsport, however, Race Strategy and Data Engineers must also be comfortable working under pressure, with tight immovable deadlines. You’ll need to have the answers when it comes to race day!
According to a recent advert for a Race Strategy Engineer with Williams F1, the ideal candidate will have a good grasp of engineering principles as well as a strong mathematical/physics background. Other adverts specify the following:

  • Educated to degree-level or working towards a higher-level qualification in Engineering, Maths or Physics
  • Analytical, highly numerical, comfortable collating and presenting statistics
  • Adept at problem solving
  • Ideally with experience of C++ / C#
  • Ability to measure, interpret and analyse data

About the Tech

Simulation Engineers, Data Engineers and Race Strategy experts will all use various different computer programmes in the course of the their day-to-day so you’ll not just have a good understanding of mechanical engineering principles. For simulation and race strategy jobs, you’ll often be asked for Matlab and Simulink skills. Some teams will even have their own internal systems and software. This is one motorsport career path where you’ll need a good grounding in all aspects of motorsport engineering. Our BSc Motorsport Engineering will give you both the mechanical and technical skills to hold your own with a top-level team. You’ll gain experience with the most commonly used industry software as well as be taught how to collect and interpret data from simulation, testing and under racing conditions.

For those already qualified to Degree level or those who have prior experience in a data driven role, our new MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering offers the opportunity to develop your skills. With modules in Racecar Applications, Advanced Vehicle Dynamics and Race Strategy Optimization, the Master’s qualification has been designed to gain specialist skills to progress to more senior analytical jobs in motorsport.

Take a look at other motorsport job roles available: has been developed by motorsport people for motorsport people. As former drivers and engineers they understand the industry and how quickly vacancies can need to be filled so they built a system that is immediate as well as being pro-active and motorsport focussed.

NMA works in association with, so after you graduate with an NMA Degree we can help you achieve your dream job within the motorsport industry. 

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