The Perfect Lap Issue no.3 - Page 9

When you’ve captained your national football team, scored the first golden goal in a major international, been one of the world’s leading club strikers and German Footballer of the Year, you’re not a man who’s easily impressed. “You can really feel what this company has accomplished and what their mentality is when you come here,” Bierhoff notes as he continues his measured progress through the MTC, absorbing details of McLaren’s history and their approach to He recognises instantly a culture of excellence similar Formula 1 that may yet inform some of his methods to that he has helped encourage in the German with the German football squad. national football squad, of which he is general manager. “There is a working culture here that you can really He senses the existence of common goals, shared feel. There’s so much love and enthusiasm for the values, a commitment to winning. He feels, despite this product – especially the Formula 1 cars.” being his first visit, at home. And he sees parallels with his own hard-working “It’s a very special atmosphere here,” he says, gazing squad of players and professionals – reigning world around the MTC’s light-flooded ‘Boulevard’ entrancechampions, no less – equally committed to their walkway-cum-exhibition-gallery, adding “this facility sporting cause. is incredible.” “If I compare it a little bit to the national team, which He takes in the tuned Austin 7, first raced by team is a much smaller group than the McLaren Group founder Bruce McLaren, in pride of place before the – about 30 people – you can feel that everybody is phalanx of race-winning McLaren chassis stretching in working for a goal. The parallels are clear: here and precise alignment away to its left. with a football squad there is a team effort. And without a team, you can’t win. There are so many Then he walks 100 metres or so and turns his gaze to the remarkable team trophy cabinet that houses some individuals who are important in certain areas for the success of the team, and so many of them work of the more notable prizes garnered from McLaren’s behind the scenes for that team success. But they all 485 podium finishes – 182 of them victories. share the same mentality. Yet when Oliver Bierhoff, the man to whom all of these accolades apply, enters McLaren’s MTC headquarters, in his role as an ambassador for McLaren Group partner SAP, a light smile of approval crosses his face. © 2014 SAP. All Rights Reserved.