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Learn how Lotus F1 Team uses EMC and VCE Converged Infrastructure trackside and in the factory.


Learn how Lotus F1 Team uses EMC and VCE Converged Infrastructure trackside and in the factory.

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Meet the Team

Meet the Key Players from Lotus F1 Team and EMC

Lotus F1 Team

  • Matthew Carter, Lotus F1 Team

    Matthew Carter

    Chief Executive Officer

    Lotus F1 Team

    Matthew graduated from Bradford University in 1996 with a Management and Engineering degree. Following university, Matthew focused on running his own company, namely buying businesses before adding value to them and then selling. In 2010, Matthew met and joined Lotus F1 Team shareholder Andy Ruhan at Bridgehouse Capital. Within his role, he assisted on numerous purchases and "turn around deals," as well as running a number of existing businesses.

    Matthew joined Lotus F1 Team as CEO in January 2014 to oversee the transition of a team punching well above its weight into a genuine and consistent title challenger, and to build upon the foundations laid in the last few years. Matthew’s professional focus is on maintaining the team’s unique approach to F1, delivering better return on investment for partners, and to implement a clear process for managing expectations from partners, staff, and fans combined.

  • Nick Chester, Lotus F1 Team

    Nick Chester

    Technical Director

    Lotus F1 Team

    After graduating from Cambridge in 1991, Nick joined Simtek Research to work on vehicle simulation projects. Simtek launched its own team to take on the 1994 Formula 1 World Championship, with Nick continuing his role in vehicle simulation for the newly formed Simtek Grand Prix outfit.

    When Simtek withdrew from the sport towards the end of 1995, Nick made the switch to Arrows Grand Prix; initially continuing his work in vehicle simulation before moving into suspension design. In 1997 he took on the position of Performance Engineer for Damon Hill and Pedro Diniz before becoming Race Engineer for Mika Salo and Pedro de la Rosa in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

    The start of the 2000 season heralded the beginning of Nick’s Enstone career. Joining Benetton as Test Engineer to Alexander Wurz, Giancarlo Fisichella and Mark Webber, he would graduate to the role of Performance Engineer for Fisichella the following year before adopting the same position alongside Jarno Trulli between 2002 – 2004, helping the Italian to his first and only Grand Prix at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.

    2005 saw Nick with a new posting as Head of Vehicle Performance Group; governing suspension, brakes, and simulation. Under Nick’s guidance, VPG played a key role bringing both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships back to Enstone in the 2005 / 2006 seasons; introducing the “tuned mass damper” system which would prove a major innovation of the period.

    By 2010, Nick had progressed further to take on a position as Head of Performance Systems, overseeing the team’s Vehicle Performance Group, Control Systems, and Dyno operations. In 2011 Nick took on the new role of Engineering Director before assuming his present tenure as Technical Director in May 2013.

  • Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team

    Romain Grosjean


    Lotus F1 Team

    Romain Grosjean was the name on everyone lips in 2013 and this time for all the right reasons. He now looks to consolidate upon that stellar campaign this season.

    Romain made a return to Formula 1 with Lotus F1 Team in 2012 having previously contested the final seven Grands Prix of 2009 for the Enstone outfit [at the time known as Renault F1 Team]. Prior to that, the Frenchman had secured the 2007 Formula Three Euroseries championship and won the inaugural GP2 Asia Series championship in 2008.

    After his 2009 Formula 1 foray, Romain contested the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010, winning the opening race of the season whilst also competing in his first Le Mans 24 Hours. It wasn’t long before he returned to single seaters, with partial campaigns in the Auto GP and GP2 Series championships that same year before taking both the GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series championship titles in 2011.

  • Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1 Team

    Pastor Maldonado


    Lotus F1 Team

    After three years with Williams F1 Team, Pastor Maldonado makes the step up to join Lotus F1 Team, partnering long term recruit Romain Grosjean.

    Pastor brings with him a wealth of experience, and plenty of podium achievements following his success with his former Formula 1 team in 2012. Despite a tricky year in 2013, the career and accolades of the Venezuelan driver speak for themselves and the future looks very positive indeed.

  • David Cadywould, Lotus F1 Team

    David Cadywould

    IT/IS Operations Manager

    Lotus F1 Team

    David Cadywould is the IS / IT Operations Manager at Lotus F1 Team and has been part of the Enstone based team for the past 14 years. Having held several technical roles within the department, he has gained a detailed knowledge of how IT systems can help resolve the challenges faced by a Formula One racing team.

    David currently manages the infrastructure, operations, support and services provided by IT and has been involved in the implementation of several new systems and platforms. His role also involves working with the team's Technical Partners to ensure Lotus F1 Team has access to their latest technologies and leading edge solutions.

EMC, VCE and VMware Team

  • Lee Crispin, EMC Corporation

    Lee Crispin

    Advisory Solutions Architect

    EMC Corporation

    After leaving school, Lee Crispin spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force, where he developed a passion for flying. After leaving the Royal Air Force, Lee held a position as Hosting Architect with Energis and then as Lead Enterprise Architect with Cable & Wireless Worldwide. He then joined EMC as Solutions Architect, working as part of the Global Professional Services team, a position he has held for almost three years.

    Lee currently has ratings for single-engine aeroplanes, sailplanes, paragliders, and hang gliders. If it generates lift, he’s more than happy to have a go at flying it. When not flying, Lee’s a fan of motorsports so he jumped at the opportunity to work with the Lotus F1 Team.

    Role at Lotus F1 Team

    Lee is the Technical Design Authority for the Lotus F1 Team project. He has overall technical accountability and responsibility for the solution being deployed, ensuring that each technology component integrates seamlessly with Lotus F1 Team’s legacy environment.

  • Jonathan Keighley, EMC Corporation

    Jonathan Keighley

    Senior Account Manager

    EMC Corporation

    After being educated in Sports and Exercise Science at Lancaster University, Jonathan Keighley has worked within IT for six years culminating in him joining EMC at the beginning of 2014. Now working as Senior Account Manager in EMC's Select Account Team Jonathan manages key accounts within multiple verticals across the UK.

    Role at Lotus F1 Team

    Jonathan is responsible for leading and growing the EMC-Lotus F1 Team partnership; further developing the technical collaboration with the objective of ensuring the Lotus F1 Team, through IT, gain competitive advantage. For Lotus F1 Team, the IT program is the foundation on which they have adapted to the 2014 regulation changes, awarding it the best opportunity to compete for the World Championship. The IT program includes EMC hardware, software, and technical and consultancy services in conjunction with VCE and VMware.

  • Andy King, VCE Corporation

    Andy King

    Senior vArchitect

    VCE Corporation

    Prior to this engagement, Andy King worked as Lead Solution Architect for a traditional virtual infrastructure project, Lead Deliver Resource to Honda U.K., and Technical Design Authority and Commercial Owner for the data center migration process between France and the U.K. for Kingfisher IT Services. Andy was also Lead Technical Resource on an IT outsourcing project to transform servers from a local IT-controlled data center to a hosted managed service for Mothercare, Technical Design Authority for ICM’s public cloud infrastructure, and numerous VMware View deployment projects including 1,000 concurrent desktops to Southgate College.

    With 15 years of IT experience, Andy spent the last 10 years in the IT services/reseller/value-add market space. For the past four years he has focused purely around the sale and delivery of public and private cloud solutions.

    Role at Lotus F1 Team

    Andy is Technical Lead from VCE in the design process at Lotus F1 Team. He coordinates specialist resources as required and acts as the technical liaison between VCE and investor companies.

  • Angela Seager, EMC Corporation

    Angela Seager

    Project Manager

    EMC Corporation

    With over 25 years of experience in storage, mainly in a financial environment, Angela Seager previously worked at Goldman Sachs as Vice President of IT operations for six years and as a consultant to the Hedge Fund community on storage, business continuity, and disaster recovery for four years.

    Angela spent 18 months at EMC working on large-enterprise accounts including Tesco, EDF, and ATOS.

    Role at Lotus F1 Team

    Angela is Program Manager, overseeing deployment of the full program across VCE, VMware, and EMC.

  • Paul Russell, EMC Corporation

    Paul Russell

    Senior Director Global Services Lead

    EMC Corporation

    Paul Russell is a services-aligned senior IT professional with 22 years experience in IT, 17 of which have been in senior IT management roles covering infrastructure strategy, operations, architecture, project management, and delivery from both client and vendor perspectives.

    As the EMC Global Service Lead for UKI, he is accountable for consulting and product enablement delivery services. He leads a 200-member team providing strategic consulting and expert product architecture knowledge to enable EMC customers to realize the business benefits from Cloud, Trust, and Big Data solutions.

    Paul's past experience has been gained within large global enterprises, predominately in the Equities and Fixed Income (eight years) and Oil and Gas sectors (seven years). At BP, Paul was head of Global Infrastructure Architecture, accountable for technology standards and implementation of a $1 billion IT Transformation Program.

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