of Madremanya, Gerona, Xevi Pujolar has 43 years and an extensive
career in Formula 1. But their beginnings came
strongly influenced by the two wheels, a passion that led him to
studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Girona.
first steps came, as usual, in the world of karting,
discipline in the debut of the hand of one of the teams with the most
prestigious: Genikart. With the Catalan team, which was great
part of the season 1995 -except for a brief stay in Crabby-,
Xevi worked with Fernando Alonso and Antonio Garcia. The experience
in France liked, and in 1996 he decided to return to stay there
throughout the season, working with one of the official riders
Surly at the moment: Laurent Delahaye. The following year,
he completed his final season in karting before moving on to the
cars with Christian Boudon, assigned to Benoit Garnier as
Short step for the lower categories
His debut in single-seaters came in one of the greatest cradles of
talents of the era: the Open Nissan. At that championship, he worked
for G-Tec, first as a data engineer for the car
Gosparini and, the following year, as race engineer Laurent
Delahaye, with whom he had met on the karting. Both
they got a total of four podiums, two fastest laps and a
victory that season.
With the beginning of the season 2000, Pujolar happened to the Red team
Bull Formula 3000, in which he remained for two years. The
he first worked as an engineer of track of Ricardo Mauricio, passing
the car of Patrick Friesacher in 2001.
Arrives at the Formula 1
In 2002, the opportunity came to move up to the Formula 1 of the
hand of one of the teams that, at that time, higher aspirations
I had: Jaguar Racing. The Catalan engineer was assigned to the
car of Eddie Irvine, who worked as assistant
the engineer of track of the irish pilot, who had come
from Ferrari two years before and after the lack of results of the
team, decided to retire at the end of that season.
In his early days in F1, Pujolar has worked with riders of the likes of Irvine or Montoya
After a single season at Jaguar, came the opportunity to sign
by Williams and Pujolar moved to the team of Grove, in which
he remained for seven years. After a year as an engineer
development and, later, as race engineer, Pujolar
worked with drivers of the stature of Juan Pablo Montoya -with the
came to compete for the title in 2003-, Marc Gené, Ralf Schumacher,
Antonio Pizzonia, Mark Webber, Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima.
In 2009, came the challenge of the Spanish team and Xevi Pujolar could not
refuse, so that left Williams to become the engineer
Bruno Senna in the Hispania.
Back to Williams
But the project was born with many problems and things not
improved at all with the passage of time, so that Pujolar
he decided to return to Williams, the team that had spent the better
part of his professional career and with which he felt at home. The
team had changed a lot and went through some of their worst
moments, but the Spanish won the victory in the Grand Prix of Spain next to Pastor Maldonado, a pilot with whom he worked
during the two years before to be promoted to Chief Engineer race
for the 2013 season. Unfortunately, the Williams of that
the season was a complete disaster and the team managed only five
points throughout the year, improving only the result of
Caterham and Marussia.
Toro Rosso tempted him with an exciting project, which would have to
James Key as a catalyst for a restructuring plan of the
team. Pujolar accepted and went on to work with the French Jean-Eric
Vergne, who the following year was replaced by Max Verstappen.
Next to the Dutch has gone through a more intense phase of his
professional career, not hiding never his admiration for one of the
pilots with the most future-proof of the Formula 1.
Now, coinciding with the
up of Max to the first team of the universe Red Bull, it has been decided
reform of the organisational structure and technical and Xavier will search for new
challenges for the future. Sure that it we will soon go back to see him in
the circuit very soon.