The winner’s podium, champagne, high-5’s and celebration. The scene at the end of every Grand Prix is rightfully a huge party for the driver who has won the race and his crew and teammates get to share in the jubilation of victory with him.

It is not just about the outright winners either. The scenes after the race at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix showed just what 9th place can mean to teams towards the back of the grid and there seemed little doubt that the Marussia team were more pleased with their result than the all dominant Mercedes team were with their just another 1-2 finish up front.

The little team from Banbury have every right to be pleased with themselves too. They are arguably the least well funded team on the grid and yet they have consistently kept pace with or outperformed the other teams around them. Season after season of lowly results and minimum share of the sport’s (considerable) commercial income must have been tough but they now sit in a creditable 9th place in the world championship. If they can stay there until the end of the season they stand to get an enormous increase in budget for 2015 more importantly to secure the team’s future and the jobs of all their employees. No wonder they were happy.

One of the differences between working in F1 and working in most other industries is the competition and the public platform on which that competition is played out. Every 2 weeks in F1 you get to measure the progress you have made against your rival teams and as the saying goes, you are only as good as your last race. Those who won last time want to win again and those who lost are even more desperate to beat those in front of them. It’s a very primal competitive instinct and this, for me at least, is what people mean when they say that working in F1 is more than just a job. Racing motivates you to push yourself, to improve and to work hard because YOU want to win, not just because the boss is telling you to. It’s a team sport for sure but every individual is motivated to get their share in one of those glory days at Monaco.

Rewards in F1 are high, but the key difference between F1 and other jobs is that everyone shares in the satisfaction and sense of achievement of the results on track. At the other end of the scale, big corporation culture allows people to hide and I doubt whether those who work in that environment really punch the air when they hear that share prices rise by 2%. I’ll bet the majority do not care, it’s just a job to them.

If you worked at Marussia on the other hand, last Sunday’s race must have been a thriller and I’ll bet there was plenty of champagne being drunk back in homes around Oxfordshire long after the podium celebrations were over in the Mediterranean. True job satisfaction can only come from being involved and putting your blood, sweat and tears into something and this is where F1 is like no other job in the world. How many people around the world can genuinely say that they have helped to win or score points at the Monaco Grand Prix? Results like that are what working in F1 is all about.

Keep in touch

The 2014 season is well underway now and despite reservations about the sound of the new cars and doubts about the new technologies I think F1 has proved that it can still provide as much thrill and excitement as it has at any time in its history. I’m already working on our 2015 car (can you believe it?) but should have time to keep the blog up and write about some relevant topics.

If you want to keep up with those future posts you can follow my blog using the box just below this post, and join my ever increasing band of followers ! You’d be joining a group of nearly 1000 other F1 hopefuls in getting the latest and most relevant advice when it comes to making your career in F1.

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Best of luck and here is to a good result in Canada in a few weeks time.

20 Comments

  1. Thanks, I ll try.. 🙂

    sprity ashok
  2. Hey work_in_f1,
    I’m from India – doing 3rd yr aerospace engineering. How can I get internships in F1? What are the requirements?

    sprity ashok
    1. Check out my post on work placements. Most teams have information on their websites about how/when applications are received

      work_in_f1
    2. Hey sprity ashok I am from India too, 3rd year mechanical from BITS looking for some internships in F1(in coming year). Lets get in touch so that we can keep each other updated. My facebook id is https://www.facebook.com/shubham.goyal.compared

      Shubham Goyal
  3. I sent you a comment for this post, I don’t know if you received it or not.

    Tamires Lustosa
    1. I have received but I need a bit of time to answer

      work_in_f1
  4. Dear Blogger
    First of all, thank you for your initiative, for the tips and advices about how to get this dreamed job. I appreciate your attitude in keep this blog updated.
    I have many questions for you, but I first want to give you a short introduction of my current position, so you will be able to help me in a specific way.
    I’m 24 years old and I am an electrical engineer. I’m finishing my graduation next month on Brazil. And I LOVE cars and races.
    I lived in England last year for 6 months, doing an exchenge in Lancaster University. I’m back home now, driving my way to entry in the motorsport world. I have worked for some automotive suppliers. My current position is a work placement in Delphi Automotive Systems, working with embedded systems. Since my first year at university I’m involved with a project of a concept car that runs in an Efficiency Marathon, similar to the Shell Eco Marathon that you probably know. At this project, I have gained plenty technical knowledge about build a car and about the race environment. I’m also involved with karting racing and I follow not only F1 but Gran Turism, Formula Indy, Porsche G3 CUP, Stock Car and Formula Truck.
    At this moment I’m doing a telemetry training in the Porsche GT3 Cup Brazil, I probably will have a place on races to put this training on practice.
    As I lived in England for a while, my main goal now is go back there to study again. I’m an electrical engineer and I want to study motorsport engineering there. My plans is to be in England in 2015 or 2016 to do a graduation or post graduation (it depends of your advices).
    So, my first question is about my age. I have read a lot of your posts and its comments. I see to many young people asking about what course to choose in uni, or what subjects etc, I realise that they’re about 17 or 19 years old. Do you think I’m old to try a place in F1? I think being a woman is not the problem, as I read in your post about women in F1 and as I have seeing in races, women are getting their space and respect. But sometimes I think I’m old to compete against first graduation students.
    Second question is about universities in England. I want to study motorsport engineering and I heard that England has the best automotive/motorsport course in the world, so what University do you think has more impact on the CV (except Cambridge and Oxford). What do you think about Cranfield University? Please, your answer will guide me to choose the university and contact them about the application process.
    Other very important question. I’m a bachelors and naturally the next step is to do a master or a post graduate. In your posts about work placements, you are talking about opportunities to undergraduates, Students on post graduate have a similar program to entry in F1 or they are treated different? Do you think that a post graduate in England will put me at the same level of undergraduate students? So, if the easier way to get a job in F1 is the graduation I will do that again. I’ll joing two degrees by this way. What do you recommend me to do?
    The last question is if you know about volunteering in local Grand Prix. Does teams accept volunteers for work just in a Grand Prix? I want to offer myself as a volunteer for Brazilian GP in november to do anything they want, including holding tires if it is necessary.

    The most important information now, is the University I will choose and if I will do a graduate or post graduate.
    I really thank your attention and disposition to answer these questions.
    I’m waiting your return.
    Thanks in anticipation

    Kind Regards

    Tamires Lustosa

    Tamires Lustosa
    1. Hi Tamires

      Thanks for your questions, I’ll try and answer them as best as I can.

      Firstly your age is not a problem. If you told me you were 40 and has been working in another industry for 20 years then I may say that you would have done difficulty but at 24 it is no problem at all, it might even be a small advantage because of your maturity.

      Secondly post grad study in UK is one of the best ways to get into racing especially from abroad. I normally recommend Cranfield as a post grad course as it is well known and respected within the industry. You should definately do this rather than re-take your first degree.

      It is very unlikely that an F1 team will employ you as a volunteer at a Grand Prix. There is a head count knit in F1 on the number of people that are allowed at races and teams have more than enough resource back at base to fill this quota with experienced people. For volunteering I would research which support race categories are working at the Grand Prix and attempt to contact them and offer your services instead. The Grand Prix meeting might be a tall order as a first attempt so consider volunteering at another meeting away from the Grand Prix and then your services will look more attractive to teams when you offer them for the GP.

      I hope that helps and best of luck

      work_in_f1
  5. Just want to get in f1

    Motsepe
  6. I just want to submit.

    Thanasis
  7. Do you know any Indians who are engineers in F1(of any team)? If you know can you please keep me in touch with them or atleast give their face book account links so that I can get in touch with them and know how they got there(because I am too an Indian desperate to get into Motorsport). Also If I plan to do a masters in Motorsport Engineering which university would get me the most opportunities?

    My email is akshaylal43@yahoo.in or if you wish you can post them below. Thank you loads.

    Akshay Lal
    1. Hi Akshay. I know that there are Indian engineers but I don’t know any personally. I don’t think it would be right for me to publish people’s contact details on here without their permission either. I think you could read my post on using linked in and quickly find what you are after.

      work_in_f1
      1. Thanks will sure try to find out . Also since the teams are based in UK and I live in India I am planning for a masters in motorsports from cranfield after my mechanical degree. What do you suggest? Also for boosting my profile do you if we can get work internships from F1 teams or from other teams involved in motorsports.

        Akshay Lal
        1. Hi yes, read my post on work placements

          work_in_f1
          1. Can you also answer this “Also since the teams are based in UK and I live in India I am planning for a masters in motorsports from cranfield after my mechanical degree. What do you suggest?”

            Akshay Lal
          2. Hi Akshay

            Sorry it has taken me so long to reply.

            A masters at Cranfield is certainly a good idea, I rate it very highly. I’m writing a post on that very subject now so keep your eye out and make sure you sign up to follow my blog if you haven’t already

            work_in_f1
          3. And what about the fact that since I live in India I am planning opt for a masters in motorsports from Cranfield after my Mechanical Degree. What is your take on this? How would it increase my chances?

            Akshay Lal
          4. Hopefully I’ve replied to this elsewhere but yes it’s a good idea

            work_in_f1
          5. Since I am from India , not from UK is there any issue with that. Do they take overseas students? Are there any visa issues associated?

            Akshay Lal
          6. The visa situation is a bit hard to call as it’s not my area of expertise. What I do know is that lots of non EU people work in F1. Many of them seem to have studied in the UK or Europe as a way in so that’s the best advice I can give

            work_in_f1

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