GRAHAM WATSON

COUNTRY New Zealand

HOMETOWN Pukekohe, New Zealand

DATE OF BIRTH 24/06/1967

GRAHAM WATSON

NATIONALITY New Zealand

HOMETOWN Pukekohe, New Zealand

DATE OF BIRTH 24/06/1967

GRAHAM WATSON

NATIONALITY New Zealand

HOMETOWN Pukekohe, New Zealand

DATE OF BIRTH 24/06/1967

meet GRAHAM

Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Team Manager, Graham Watson, has made two very long journeys to get here. The first involved coming over to Europe from his native New Zealand in the late Eighties and the second, more metaphorical journey, was making the big jump from the World Rally Championship to Formula 1.

Rallying was Graham’s first love and he took part in events in New Zealand as a driver and co-driver, before a phone call found him hopping on a plane to the UK to become a mechanic with the Ford World Rally Team.

A series of coincidences meant that after five years on the rally trail, Graham ended up making the switch to circuit racing, when he joined Paul Stewart Racing, which incidentally occupied the premises now used by our friends at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes. The step up to Formula 1 came in 1996, when he joined Benetton, before joining BAR Honda in 2001. Watson stayed with the team for eight years, through all its various incarnations, as Honda F1 and then Brawn F1.

“My absolute career highlight came in 2009 with Brawn, when we won the Formula 1 World Championship,” recalls Graham. After the demise of Brawn, Graham worked as Team Manager for the several versions of what was finally Caterham, before making the move to Faenza in September 2014.

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career

1989Ford World Rally Team – Prototype Mechanic
1993M-sport satellite Ford Rally Team – Lead Mechanic for British championship and selected world rally rounds
1994Paul Stewart Racing – Floating Mechanic and first real experience of formula cars
1995Madgwick International F3000 Team – Number 1 Mechanic
1996Benetton F1 – Test team Mechanic, moved to the race team in 1998 as number 1
2001B.A.R Honda F1 – Race team Mechanic
2004Honda F1 – Chief Mechanic before joining engineering as Engineering liaison Manager
2009Brawn F1 – Engineering Liaison
2010Lotus Racing/Team Lotus/Caterham F1 – Team Manager
2014Scuderia Toro Rosso – Team Manager
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