A lot of people wonder and a lot of people dream. Surprisingly few people actually do. One of the reasons I started this blog was because I heard far more people talking about why they couldn’t get a job in Formula 1, rather than why they could. The list of reasons given as to ‘why not’ is long and is spread around like something of an urban myth. I read posts and articles from ‘experts’ most of whom have never spent a single day working in motorsport so how would they ever know? The good news is you don’t need to listen to them!
Quite frankly it annoys me to read this stuff. I get irritated when I hear people saying “I would love to work in racing but you need to be rich”, or “I would love to work in racing but you have to have a degree”. The list goes on. It’s all nonsense. The people who told them that don’t work in racing. People in racing know that all sorts of people work in the industry and the only thing that stops you getting the job of your dreams is if you give up. Most people give up far too easily and normally after reading or listening to someone who knows less about it than they do!
I wanted to put that right, and put out some advice and encouragement to those people who love motor racing and want to make their living by getting involved. If that’s what you want to do then the opportunities are out there but you need to keep a clear focus and not be put off by every little setback. As the phrase goes “Anything in life worth having is worth working for”.
Tell that to a 10yr old
I decided I wanted to work in F1 when I was 10. I’d never thought about it before but my class teacher was an F1 addict and asked us every Monday morning if we knew who the top 6 finishers of the weekend’s Grand Prix were. I watched the TV to find out and the bug bit me! I decided then what I wanted to do with my life and I’ve never changed my mind since. I’m now 47 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made…
Plenty of people tried to put me off. My parents knew nothing about racing and wanted me to be an accountant or a teacher. Nothing wrong with that but it’s not what I wanted to do. My brother told me that it was far too specialised and I would never get the chance. My teachers either said I wasn’t clever enough and I would need all sorts of qualifications or asked me why I wanted to work in a garage when I could be an accountant… I didn’t listen to any of them because I knew what I wanted and I immersed myself in everything Formula 1 at every opportunity. Even when I applied for job I got plenty of knock backs but eventually my CV and my personality clicked with someone and I got my chance. I kept my first acceptance letter but I also kept the 2 reject letters I had from the same team a year earlier. They are written by the same person!
Setbacks are not permanent
It’s just a reminder that there will be plenty of setbacks and negativity along the way but if you stick to your dreams and learn everything you can your chance will come and you’ll be better prepared than the next guy/girl.
The Formula 1 business is now a big industry and opportunities are far more plentiful now than when I started working. Read my post on opportunities in motorsport to get an idea of just how many ways there are to start your racing career.
See you on the grid someday.