Over the course of a grand prix weekend, Pirelli’s racing supervisor Mario Isola oversees the Italian tyre firm’s F1 operations. However when he is again house in Milan, he moonlights as a volunteer ambulance driver.
Like many cultured Europeans of a sure age, Mario Isola, 48, exudes urbane appeal: suppose gray cashmere sweater and neat hairstyle. The person chargeable for Pirelli’s F1 operations invitations us into the sanctuary of the tyre provider’s motorhome and orders an espresso, eager to clarify his work not solely in Components 1, but additionally on the streets of his house metropolis.
He is been with Pirelli for 22 years – his complete working life – which has taken him from designing tyres for highway automobiles to a task within the World Rally Championship. Then, initially of final season, he took over from Paul Hembery and now handles Pirelli’s day-to-day trackside operations in F1.