As a child I always liked cars and planes, and began racing Karts as soon as I was old enough at 8 years old. That changed into working more and more on the Karts themselves and I took a Mechanical Engineering degree at Imperial College London. After graduating I got a job with a team running the Honda works cars in the BTCC and a few years later found an opportunity in F1.
2) What was your main job in the team over the years?
I started in F1 as a Data Engineer, but at the time there was still some design and R&D work done by the track engineers. I then spent more and more time managing the technical operations of the team at the track being responsible for the engineering of the cars, the drivers and the pitcrew.
3) Belgium 2009 still remains fresh in our mind, can you describe the feelings of you and the team that weekend?
The weekend seemed to go by very quickly, but it was a great feeling to achieve that result. In Qualifying we knew we had chosen just the right amount of fuel for the Q3 lap and Fisi delivered. After the race we were actually slightly disappointed to have lost P1 after the Safety Car but of course happy to have had P2 on merit.
4) You have been part of the team since the Jordan, Midland, Spyker days. How difficult was the transition? After Jordan, would you say the team is now in the most stable position?
There was a difficult time for the team after Eddie Jordan finally sold it, but it is now certainly back to the most stable position and similar or slightly larger size than it ever was.
5) What has been your highest point working for Sahara Force India apart from the Belgium 2009 weekend?
There were lots of great moments, Monza 2009 was another good race that year, but also in 2010 and 11 there were several, and it was satisfying to secure the 6th position in the Championship in 2011.
6) Having worked with SFI till 2011 & then Williams in 2012. What was the difference you could find in both the teams?
Formula 1 teams are unusual in that there are some parts of the way they operate that are so similar yet others which are like ‘personality traits’ reflecting the character of their founders, leaders and personnel. Williams has a long history and at the moment is a more diversified business than Force India but both are still very much about racing in their own way.
7) Coming to 2013, SFI have made the best start to their season keeping McLaren at bay. Are you surprised? Do you think they can finish at P5 at the end?
Not particularly surprised, it seems Mclaren are having a tough time at the moment but we should expect them to recover. When they manage to do this will determine how close this season will be with SFIF1, but with every race that passes the chances for P5 become better.
8) ... and finally what are you doing now-a-days? What is Dominic Harlow Consulting LTD?
I am working on various Motorsport projects and offering an Engineering Consultancy service to teams wishing to apply Formula 1 methodologies to what they do in order to improve results, or to add experienced resource in specific areas. At the same time I still intend to stay close to Formula 1 as I believe it is unparalleled as a technological, sporting and business environment in which to work.
Force India has come a long way in 5 years and I’m sure there is more beyond. With the Regulation changes coming to F1 next year, 2014 is going to be an incredible season and the cars will be more amazing than ever.
You can check his website http://www.dominicharlow.com for more information about him & his consulting company.