I’m lucky enough to work in Formula 1 and I am frequently asked the same 2 questions…
“What’s it like to work in Formula 1?” and “How can I get a job in F1?”
My blog is an answer to those questions, providing insight and information to allow others to fulfil their ambitions of working in motorsport.
Television pictures of the harbour at Monaco filled with the expensive yachts of the rich and famous are some of the most iconic images in Formula 1 and sport worldwide. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most widely recognised sporting events in the world and full of the glamour of models and movie stars. It is images like these which make Formula 1 so very appealing, so hard to reach and so aspirational to the ‘ordinary man’. The setting is unique and dramatic, and the sight and sound of a Formula 1 car tearing through the narrow streets is truly exhilarating.
When people ask me “What’s it like to work in Formula 1?” they often expect me to reveal stories of champagne parties in Monaco and glamorous weekends mixing it with drivers and millionaires. Sadly that isn’t the case ! Formula 1 is an incredibly competitive sport and a great deal of hard work is necessary in order to achieve any level of success. This is true in any form of motor racing and if you are not prepared to bust a gut in order to win then motorsport is not the career for you. As my blog develops I am hoping to describe a typical race weekend and what goes on behind the scenes, and also back at the factory in the various roles that are required in order to operate a competitive racing team. Understanding what goes on in a racing team (which is very different from the images that are beamed to you television every other weekend) is crucial anyone wanting to break into the sport and make a career of it. If you turned up to an interview expecting to be invited to Monaco and spend your day lounging in the sun, hanging out with A-list celerities then it would be a very short interview indeed ! Understanding exactly what a racing team wants from a potential employee gives you a huge advantage over the vast majority of ‘wannabees’ and ‘dreamers’.
A common misconception about Formula 1 is that its a closed shop and the only way to get a job is to know someone on the inside who GIVES you the opportunity. NONSENSE !!!! Most teams are desperate to employ new, capable people but they struggle hugely to find applicants with the appropriate skills. My own experience in recruiting is that you can expect to receive an almost unmanageable pile of CV’s but that the vast majority of them are disappointing and typically only a handful are of interest. A well written and informed application from a person outside the sport can often be a refreshing change and teams are always willing to invite people without direct F1 experience for interview. Understanding the process and tailoring your CV and application to needs of the team is all you need to make sure that you are the person that they pick out of the pile.
The glamour of Monaco may seem a long way off but as my blog develops I intend to share the advice and information that you need to make your CV stand out to a Formula 1 team. If you can make that breakthrough application and get your first job in F1, you could be getting paid to go to the Monaco Grand Prix sooner than you think…