IT’S BEEN another very successful year for Formula One engineer Owen Jones, formerly of Letterston. Whilst Lewis Hamilton picked up his third World Championship, the Mercedes AMG team again won the Constructor’s World Formula One Trophy. In addition, Owen with five of his colleagues represented the Mercedes Formula One team recently, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London when Mercedes again won the Autosport Racing Car of the Year Award for the second year running.
“It is hard to improve on something many perceive as flawless” proclaimed Autosport Magazine “but Mercedes managed to achieve exactly that in 2015”. In fact, between them Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg scored 18 poles and 16 wins, just as they did in 2014, but this time with a new Formula One record of 12 first and second finishes – and with 703 points – 2 more than in 2014. As Head of Performance Engineering at the Mercedes Engine factory at Brixworth, near Northampton Owen has been a key contributor to the engine’s fantastic performance. An engine recognised by everyone as the best in Formula One. A former pupil at Fishguard Secondary School, Owen gained a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial before joining Cosworth Racing as a Senior Engineer.
He was later headhunted by Mercedes to be their Head of Performance Engineer and has since gained considerable success in the world of Formula One. This is the fourth World Title to come Owen’s way with the Mercedes engine. The first was with Hamilton’s McLaren in 2008, and then Button’s Brawn in 2009. These were followed by Lewis Hamilton’s double success first in 2014 and now in 2015 with this year’s Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid World Championship winning car. Owen believes next year will be even harder with Ferrari making up ground during this year’s championship. Owen lives near Towcester with his wife Amanda and children Elena and Alice. His parents, Patrick and Valerie Jones live at Loveston near Kilgetty.