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Gerry Hughes

Formula 1 employee

Gerry Hughes
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NationalityGBR

Hughes had a lengthy history in Formula One, starting out as a race engineer for Jaguar, and moving up the ranks (and across the grid) across several decades. Most recently, he was chief race engineer at Caterham, before combining that with the trackside operations role in a reshuffle after technical director Mark Smith left. When the team folded at the end of 2014, Hughes moved to focus on consultancy and running a Formula E team.

Biography

Gerry Hughes gained his university degree after completing a project in conjunction with Lola Cars. He took a job as race engineer at Williams Touring Car, and moved through several teams gaining experience and getting into Formula One with Jaguar Racing. By the time he was Jordan Grand Prix in 2003, he was the senior race and test engineer, which turned into a head of department position when he moved to Red Bull in 2005.

Super Aguri came next before Hughes dipped out of F1 for a while to become Technical Director of Status Grand Prix, and then Head of Engineering at Lola. He spent some time with the engine supplier Cosworth as the British company made their Formula One comeback in 2010. Hughes made his own return, joining Caterham as Chief Race Engineer.

Midway through the 2014 season, Hughes was handed another role to combine with his existing engineer duties. After technical director Mark Smith departed, Caterham opted to split his role across three employees, with Hughes taking on the trackside operations responsibilities. Both he and Caterham didn't last the full season though. The team went into administration but Hughes had already moved on. He became Head of Track Operations for a Formula E team, as well as directing his own consultancy business.