The co-driver duty is vital for a duo’s good performance during a race. While the driver is in charge of going as fast and in control as he can, the other crew member is the one who points out what he must do at every second, as he reads notes and tries to correctly keep track of whatever goes on across the road.
Another imporant aspect to consider about his job is the administrative and technical coordination before and after the race; to stay within time limits at the Service Park and handle the car’s general matters. “Co-driver’s assignment lasts a whole month, since you have to chech with previous rounds and years’ in-car cameras, take notes at the road and know how to optimize time during recce. You need to know the regulations before the race, refueling deadlines and rules, the co-driver’s work is quite bigger than what people believe after all,” says Juán Cruz Varela, Ramón Ibarra´s co-driver.
According to Tomás Cañete, Emilio Rosselot’s co-driver, to plan a race and check which type of tire to use can determine the round’s results and precisely this is what becomes the co-driver’s job. Also, the relationship between partners must be as easy as possible. “Confidence between Emilio (Rosselot) and I is huge and we are definitely seeking victory,” remarks Cañete.
On each round we notice the importance in the bond between crew members to reach a good performance and keep calm during rough moments on the road. The process within a race depends on how much knowledge and experience both of them have. “The hardest part of being a co-driver is reading notes aloud in the right tone of voice and at the right moment, neither before nor after . The team must work before the race on analyzing the stages’ maps in order to make faster times and fewer mistakes,” affirms Juán Cruz Varela.
A dynamic labor, filled with plenty of simultaneous tasks, demanding astounding skills to read on the road while in speed; this is what those who guide their drivers do, to perfectly complement each other on their way to success.