F1 2015 is already well underway and the routine of the racing season is back. Job in F1 blog has been quiet over the winter for which I apologise enormously. It’s an inevitable consequence of workload unfortunately as the demand on our time to design and develop the new car is bigger than most people can imagine. But enough of the excuses…

Today’s post is short, just enough to say that I’m still here and that the blog is up and running again. At odd times over the winter I have noted down an idea or even part written a post or two which hopefully I’ll now get the opportunity to finish. Hopefully they will be of some use.

If there is anything in particular that you want me to discuss here on the blog then feel free to add a comment, I’m always looking for ideas and would love your point of view. As a starter, these are the topics I’m looking at over the next few weeks :

  • Formula E and is it a good route to F1?
  • How to get into F1 if you live outside the EU
  • What is the future of F1?
  • Tyre suppliers and F1
  • Career changers and moving to F1 later in life

I’d be more than happy to add to the list so please make a suggestion and I’ll try and respond.

The new season is always a time for big hopes and being optimistic. I hope that applies to you too and that you have new motivation to pursue your goals. This blog has always been about opening your eyes to new opportunities and showing you how to find openings and ways into he sport that the majority miss. That’s my aim for the coming weeks and I hope you follow me along the way.

Best of luck and maybe I’ll see you on the grid someday.

29 Comments

  1. Hi.

    I’m an Automobile Engineering Undergrad from India.
    First of all, I’m grateful that such a website exists. Been reading your posts from a long time indeed. Thank you.

    My query is, I wish to write a basic level research paper with F1 Aerodynamics as my theme. I have a knowledge of Aerodynamics, its basic applications on a race car and basic level CFD. Which area of the car would you suggest that I pick, for a person with my level of knowledge and understanding?

    Shirish
    1. Hi Shirish

      Thanks for the comment

      I’m no expert in aerodynamics unfortunately. I’d like to be able to help but its not really my area. Can I just suggest that you keep the area small rather than big as detail is probably key rather than looking at entire front wing design or anything large scale.

      Best of luck

      work_in_f1
  2. Hi!

    I love your blog and it has been quite inspirational to me. I’m currently out of university working at a performance clutch manufacturer while working for amatter time attack team on the side. Your blog keeps giving me inspiration to work towards my goal of working in F1. One question I’ve wondered is how individuals working in F1 deal with family life? I know this might be an usual question but I’ve always wondered if engineers in f1 managed to start families or relationships or if that was often sacrificed for working in their various roles?

    Ramitha Edirisinghe
    1. Hi and thanks for your kind comments.

      It’s a great question. Any demanding job makes home-life balance more difficult but I and most other F1 have partners and children and it doesn’t affect things at all. If you travel a lot then it’s more difficult but people seem to manage.

      My take on it is that there are plenty of other less interesting jobs that demand just as much of your time so it’s a good balance.

      This is something I might touch on again in a future blog post. Thanks again and good luck

      work_in_f1
  3. how to get into formula 1 if you live in outside EU? i would love to see what you have store for people like me

    Deepak Akki
  4. I went to the Universities section , but it was closed for comments.
    I plan on pursuing a core Mechanical / Electrical degree for my undergraduate. For my masters, however would it be advisable to take up a specialization such as ‘ Race Car Aerodynamics’ which is available at SouthHampton Uni , or a post graduation in Mechanical , which is not motorsport specialized from a good grad school , in the US such as Stanford ,or Harvard.

    My basic question being , Should I go pursue a motorsport specific degree from a college a decent/good college like Southhampton or a non-motorsport specific degree from a a really good school like the ones mentioned above. This information will really be helpful !!

    Aditya
  5. IM definately keen to see the last one “Careers changers and moving to F1 later in life” as im right now just starting to study Industrial Proceedures Engineering (i think that’s how is called in english) in my Country, as i can not study Aeruonatics, yet, due to distance, economics, and therefore, time.

    Greetings from Venezuela, Average Joe ;).. Love your post, every single one makes me want to study more and more, even when i dont feel like 😀

    LuisFer Uribe
  6. Hi, this is Sai from Chennai, India.

    Firstly, thanks a lot for opening a dark room and showing us light there. You have been brilliant at it. I have a few questions.

    1) You mentiioned that you would soon write an article on the tyre suppliers. My request is that you try and encompass all the different kinds of suppliers that are generally associated with teams. That would help us prepare for backdoor entries.

    2) I have a question. Will the Formula E, over time, become more famous that F1? It is more environment friendly no doubt. But, as a kid, I lived for the sound that F1 monsters produce. With time, there have been so many amendments over the seasons. Does it mean Formula E would in fact become bigger and more glamourous than F1? Would love to hear your views.

    3) Having done some primitive research, it seems more likely than not, that a person from the Indian subcontinent can break into F1. What I mean to say is that, F1 is extremely popular here, but the technical aspects and looking at it for bread and butter is still not popular here. You don’t have a group of like minded people who can discuss about a racing career. Can you throw some light on what people like us can do EXTRA in order to better our chances?

    4) If I do masters in a course tailor made for racing/F1, and I don’t break into F1, would it mean it would bring my career to crossroads? I am genuinely unaware of the racing scenario in the UK(where most teams are based) and this puts a little fear on to the mind. Please don’t consider this stupid.

    5) All the very best for your book. I will buy it as soon as it is available. But, please do keep the interactions going with us, through blogs.

    Finally, thanks for coming back. I am a final year Mechanical Engineering student having inclination towards Computational Fluid Dynamics and Transmission Systems, in that order.

    Thanks.

    Saisundar
    1. Hi

      I’ll try and answer your questions as below

      1) lots of suppliers, far more than you imagine. It’s something my book covers in great detail but take a look at this post for a start :

      http://jobinf1.com/2013/05/28/stepping-stones-to-formula-1/

      2) I think FE will gain popularity as they seem very forward thinking in marketing terms and the racing does seem good so far. Long term I don’t know if it will replace F1 totally but I’ll expand my thoughts in a future post I have planned on the subject.

      3) this is a tough one. All I can say is that there are many people from outside of the EU working in F1, including people from India and so it is clearly possible.

      Being from India and other similar countries makes life harder due to immigration rules but F1 can apply to sponsor people for visas if they are convinced that they have the talent and skills that they need. It is a specialist enough industry such that they can easily meet the requirements of the immigration rules but convincing them that you are the person compared to someone from the EU is the real difficulty.

      4) for my thoughts on masters degrees look here

      http://jobinf1.com/2014/09/13/university-choices-post-graduate-and-masters-courses/

      Or type “University” in the search box on my blog. This isn’t a stupid question at all, in fact it’s a very realistic one. Not many people get a job in F1 right out of university. It doesn’t often work like that (it didn’t for me) and you should be prepared to work your way there through your career rather than straight out of school. The post I linked to in question 1) describes this process and its a focal point of my book with a few case studies of how someone’s career might go. You can see this yourself too if you look at career histories in linkedin.

      http://jobinf1.com/2013/10/11/research-your-way-into-formula-1-using-linkedin/

      5) thank you very much for your good wishes. Is hoping to answer a lot more questions much more thoroughly via the book and hopefully make the advice fit together in a bit more of an orderly sense. I think it will be useful for a lot of people – I hope so as it has taken hundreds of hours to write it!

      Good luck

      work_in_f1
  7. In your forthcoming article on F1 Career aspirants from outside the European Union , please focus more on the East and South East Asian parts of the World .

    In India , motorsports is yet to gather mainstream attention . There would be many young adults aspiring to break into the industry , but there is a dearth of guidance here. There aren’t enough opportunities in India to gain work ex . on tracks etc , the motorsport industry is almost non existent , considering that Sahara Force India is an Indian F1 team , but they do seemingly little to generate any interest in Indians.

    PS : Sir , all your articles are amazing , and have been of much help to me in analyzing my position and what I should do next . Maybe you could also , highlight on a few other ways to break into F1 , apart from the engineering route.

    Aditya
    1. I’ll try

      work_in_f1
  8. I’m a mechanical engineer from India…I’m on the verge of completing my course….so kindly guide me and rest of the inexperienced mechanical engineers from India for getting a job in f1

    shriraam
    1. Hopefully my blog can help you a long way already but planning a post on getting a job in F1 from outside Europe

      work_in_f1
  9. Well i am a college student..1yer left to complete my graduation..well i want to be build my carrier in F1..as just want to become formula 1 driver..is that possible at this age??well i am supposed to do after my college coz very less people knows about F1 driver..where i should apply for training nd further..thankyou

    Harsh kataria
    1. You can’t train in education really, you would need to start racing in karting perhaps and see how capable you are.

      work_in_f1
  10. Hi
    what sort of questions are asked by f1 teams during interviews?
    Robert

    Robert
    1. Lots of different ones depending on team and interviewer but favourites are about your extra curricular activity and why you want to work in f1. Mainly trying to suss out your motivation

      A design test or mechanical problem on paper is also very common to see how you analyse and work through something difficult.

      work_in_f1
  11. Hi!
    Thanks for a great blog, appreciate the time you put into answering our questions.

    I would like to know more about the jobs that doesn’t involve engineering or being a mechanic. For example, what kind of different roles are their if you want to be in the pit crew? Who organizes hotels, food etc for the team? Can you work for a F1 team as a coordinator? This is something I would love to do, but I have no idea how to get involved or where to start. I live in Sweden, is it possible to still live here and follow the crew around competitions? Or do I have to move to England for example? How do people combine their work with F1 and have a family at the same time? I would really appreciate if you could give me some advise to get in ( for example Williams, Red bull etc) and what kind of different jobs you can have that is more of coordinating than engineering.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Madeleine

    Madeleine
    1. Hi Madeleine.

      There are quite a few jobs in each team regarding logistics and such like as it is a big part of how the team operates.

      To do these you would have to be on-site at the team HQ as communication is vital and you need to be within the buzz of the team and what is happening.

      It’s hard to describe the pace and speed of arrangements required by F1, things change by the day and hour so you need to be a very flexible and responsive person to do this job and the team relies heavily on you and you can’t afford to make a mistake.

      To get a job here you would need a proven track record of logistics in a fast moving and high pressure environment, ideally in racing but other industries would be suitable if they have a comparable speed and turnover of events.

      I hope that helps. Try reading this to get an idea of the mindset required.

      http://jobinf1.com/2013/02/21/what-is-the-formula-1-mindset/

      As an example there is a buyer position advertised at torro rosso at the moment :

      https://portal.tororosso.com/Jobs/SitePages/ViewJobOpportunities.aspx

      And a good article here about the race team coordinator from Force India

      http://m.crash.net/f1/feature/217642/1/feeltheforce-handle-with-care.html

      Good luck!!

      work_in_f1
  12. What’s the best type of engineering degree for F1? I’ve been thinking about Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical.

    Steffan Williams
    1. Hi Steffan

      It depends what you want to do. If you want to be involved in electronic and control then obviously electronics is the better choice. In general mechanical is the most flexible choice it would give you the most options.

      Chemical would only really be relevant for fuels etc which is perfectly valid but a narrow target role

      work_in_f1
  13. I live in Indiana, USA. Home of the world famous Indianapolis 500. As we all know the Indy 500 is strictly indycars. How could one go from working in the Indycar field to working in F1? I plan on doing an internship with either Ganassi or Andretti racing. Both of which are located in Indianapolis. Would these internships help greatly with getting a job in both IndyCar and F1? If not, where would be a great place to start?

    Austin
    1. Hi Austin

      Thanks for question

      IndyCar is definitely a valid way to get into F1. It’s a high level motorsport probably ones of the highest worldwide so lots to learn and transfer across.
      You’re probably not aware but I spent some of my early career in IndyCar before I got a job in F1. I’m from the UK but it was still a great move and hasn’t done me any harm !

      Sounds like you have the right idea – getting the internship will be the trick but best of luck and go for it.

      work_in_f1
      1. Ivy Tech in Indianapolis has a motorsports program to obtain a Motorsports certicficate. So does IUPUI. Ultimately my goal Is to be a driver, but I know in reality that probably won’t happen. But it never hurts to dream big right?

        Austin
        1. It was my goal too but reality bit hard… Good luck

          work_in_f1
  14. Take me to Petronas 😉

    Dezsy
  15. What is the future of F1?

    Charlie
    1. Hard to say Charlie but I think we are potentially in for some big changes. Whether everyone agrees on them is a different matter…

      work_in_f1

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