99. Ron Meadows

2022 Spanish Grand Prix, Friday – Steve Etherington
Age 59
Occupation Sporting Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team
Nationality British
Position Last Year 74

Ron Meadows (born 7 February 1964) is a British Formula One mechanic and team manager. He is currently the sporting director at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One team.

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Ron is unusual in the Formula 1 paddock for retaining and doing the same job title for many years and doing it in the same team. Meadows was there for the inception of BAR in 1997 and has stayed with the team throughout their various iterations. In 2008 he became Sporting Director at Honda, and he has been doing the same job since, for Brawn and now for Mercedes.

Meadows admits he wanted to get into motorsport at a young age after sneaking into nearby circuit Oulten Park to watch various races. He became a mechanic in his early teens and worked up the order until he ran his own Formula 3000 squad. After several years as a team boss, Meadows moved to the US to work for Walker Racing in the Indy Car series.

With plenty of team manager credentials behind him, Ron Meadows got the call from the brand new British American Racing team to come and be their factory manager. He was very soon promoted back to the more familiar team boss role.

Once installed at Brackley, Ron Meadows couldn’t be shifted. He remained with the outfit as they became Honda Racing and took on the sporting director role in 2008. In 2009, he helped Brawn GP take their one and only World Championship and remained in the same sporting director position as Mercedes bought out the champions.

Meadow’s current role ensures that the team operates with the FIA sporting regulation. He is also a member of the Mercedes team that communicates with the Formula One Race Director.

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