Mike Gascoyne

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Michael "Mike" Gascoyne (born 2 April 1963 in Norwich, England) is a designer of Formula One cars. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Team Lotus.

Gascoyne has worked for several grand prix teams including McLaren, Sauber and Tyrrell. Most recently Gascoyne worked as technical director at Jordan and Renault, and joined the Toyota F1 team in December 2003. A salary reputed to be as high as $8 million per year (source F1 Racing magazine, February 2005) made Gascoyne the highest paid engineer in Formula One, eclipsing far more successful Technical Directors such as Adrian Newey and Ross Brawn.

Gascoyne's highly confrontational and aggressive management style has earned him the nickname "the rottweiler".

Mike currently lives in Oxfordshire with his post-divorce partner Silvi and his children Joel, Connie and Freddie Gascoyne.

Early career

Mike Gascoyne was born in Norfolk, England. He was brought up in Catton on the outskirts of Norwich and went to Wymondham College before going to study for a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics at Cambridge University (Churchill College) in 1982, although he did not complete his thesis and so did not become Dr. Gascoyne. He was, however, active in his college Boat Club, as a successful coxswain of Churchill's leading women's crew. After leaving Cambridge in 1988 he briefly worked for Westland System Assessment Limited, part of Westland Helicopters, but maintained a keen desire to...
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