GRAHAM WATSON

TEAM MANAGER

New Zealand
Nationality
New Zealander
Hometown
Pukekohe, New Zealand
Date of Birth
24/Jun/1967
Graham Watson, Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Manager

Meet GRAHAM

Scuderia Toro Rosso'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…

Scuderia Toro Rosso'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 Highlights

1989: Ford World Rally Team - Prototype Mechanic

1993: M-sport satellite Ford Rally Team - Lead Mechanic for British championship and selected world rally rounds

1994: Paul Stewart Racing - Floating Mechanic and first real experience of formula cars

1995: Madgwick International F3000 Team - Number 1 Mechanic

1996: Benetton F1 - Test team Mechanic, moved to the race team in 1998 as number 1

2001: B.A.R Honda F1 - Race team Mechanic

2004: Honda F1 - Chief Mechanic before joining engineering as…

Career Highlights

1989: Ford World Rally Team - Prototype Mechanic

1993: M-sport satellite Ford Rally Team - Lead Mechanic for British championship and selected world rally rounds

1994: Paul Stewart Racing - Floating Mechanic and first real experience of formula cars

1995: Madgwick International F3000 Team - Number 1 Mechanic

1996: Benetton F1 - Test team Mechanic, moved to the race team in 1998 as number 1

2001: B.A.R Honda F1 - Race team Mechanic

2004: Honda F1 - Chief Mechanic before joining engineering as Engineering liaison Manager

2009: Brawn F1 - Engineering Liaison

2010: Lotus Racing/Team Lotus/Caterham F1 - Team Manager

2014: Scuderia Toro Rosso - Team Manager

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