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Luca Furbatto

Formula 1 employee

Luca Furbatto
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NationalityITA

Furbatto’s motorsport engineering credentials stretch back several decades, as the Italian started his career in BAR in the late 1990s. He has also worked for Toyota, McLaren and Toro Rosso, working his way up the engineering and development departments to become Chief Designer. His most recent position was at Manor, who he joined midway through 2015, only for the team to fold ahead of the 2017 season.

Biography

After working through his engineering qualifications in Italy and Leeds in the UK, Luca started work for the BAR team as an assistant engineer. He began work with the test team and then moved over to the race squad, before departing in the year 2000 for Toyota Motorsport.

In 2001, he moved to McLaren Racing, where he worked as Head of Materials, growing a department in size and strength and working on race winning machinery. He made the step up to help design the car under the watchful eye of Paddy Lowe, before departing the team at the end of 2011.

He moved across to Toro Rosso, taking up the position of Chief Designer, where he remained for three years. After a brief stint back with McLaren but working on their GT series entries, he was back as a Chief Designer for the Manor Team. He joined during the 2015 reshuffle and took responsibility for the 2016 designs. It was a better year for the squad, but unfortunately money troubles continued to plague Manor and they folded ahead of the 2017 season.