Whilst the focus in the Formula 1 world is firmly fixed on the championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel, for many F1 job seekers the start of the new academic year is a more mundane and down to earth reality.

This time of year is however also key for those wishing to get started in their motorsport careers through work experience or work placements. Many of the Formula 1 teams have begun their 2018 work placement recruitment places and it always amazes me how many placements are on offer these days.

There really has never been a better time to want to work in F1. Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (the company who’s engine’s power Lewis Hamilton, Valteri Bottas, Force India & Williams F1) have advertised no fewer than 50 work placements for the coming year ! If you have not already, you really need to start searching and getting your applications ready to submit as the deadlines are not far away.

Whilst F1 is the goal for many, don’t forget that there are many more open doors into the industry than just the Formula 1 teams. There will be hundreds of applicants for every one of those F1 work placements but many other high profile motorsport companies struggle to attract quality applicants and will be very keen to hear from you – the more informed F1 job seeker.

XTRAC is a supplier of gearbox and drivetrain components to almost all of the motorsport industry and has all of the techniques, machinery and know-how that F1 teams use to create their own gearboxes. A work placement at this well respected company will put you in pole position for full time F1 recruitment after you have finished your studies and yet I would bet my bottom dollar that there will be a fraction of the competition for those work placements. 5 lucky (or just smart?) university students have started their 2017-2018 placements with XTRAC this past week and the company have already opened the application process for 2018-2019.

Whilst I encourage you to head straight for the top, don’t forget to maximise your chances and look out for those less well contested but equally prestigious placement opportunities on offer.

You can start your career in many ways, but you can often do things the smart way rather than simply rely on pure luck.

Get started today.


  1. sorry, it’s the same dania, didn’t know my first comment was published, refer to comment below 🙂

  2. Hi!

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog, its so useful and so informative! so glad you’re doing this.
    I’m a girl, and I live in Dubai. I’m 14 years old, and I’m considering mechanical or automotive engineering as a career option, including a potential F1 spot. My parents are doctors, and they’re quite nervous of this ambition because it is such a male dominated field in general, they think it would be difficult for me to succeed because I’m a girl, and don’t get me wrong, they have faith in me, its just they think there will be less opportunities. That’s my first query; how difficult is it for a female to get a job in F1 or other automotive engineering positions, and is there anything you suggest i do with regards to this problem and mindset?

    I’m in a British system and curriculum school and my parents are wiling to let me travel to England to study, and there are also quite high quality courses in this country that have dual awards with British universities. What do you suggest in terms of study, regarding courses or country?

    I’m also looking to take part in the F1 in schools competition for the first time in the 2018 series. How valuable is this in terms of experience and getting a taste for the job?

    Lastly, what kind of volunteering/extracurricular activities do you consider valuable for an F1 job such as race engineer or a design aspect (I’m not sure which one I prefer)? I play piano and speak 3 languages other than English (mother tongue) at a minimum intermediate level.

    So sorry about all the questions! i would appreciate it so much if you gave me some advice and answers regarding these questions. Thank you so much, keep up the amazing blog!

    1. Hi Dania

      Apologies for the delay in reply.

      First of all – no problem whatsoever with being female in Formula 1. There are girls working in every aspect of the sport now, perhaps yet to have a successful female driver but in the teams themselves, the number of girls grows every day. You would not be considered unusual at all.

      As far as courses and countries to study in I would unhesitatingly recommend the UK for university. Almost all of F1 is based here, or in nearby countries in Europe and an even greater percentage of the people working in F1 are British. As far as courses are concerned, there are a lot of different choices but I wrote a series of post on this some time ago and most of it still applies. I think this is my best advice.


      This might also be relevant to you :



      If you want to know more about getting involved, a large part of my book is dedicated to that, and how to get placement and work experience during your studies. It should give you a huge headstart and answer many of your questions.

      How to Get a Job in Grand Prix Racing

      Good Luck !

  3. Hi I sent you an email to the email address that I got the free guide sent to me from, is this the right email address to use to contact you?

    Cameron Ackroyd
    1. Hi Cameron

      Yes it is


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