Many people wonder and many people dream. Surprisingly few people really do. One of the reasons I started writing was because I heard many more people talking about why they couldn’t find a job in Formula 1, rather than why. The list of reasons given as “why not” is long and develops as something of an urban myth. I read posts and articles by “experts”, most of whom never spent a single day working in motorsport, how would they ever know? The good news is that you don’t have to listen to them!
Frankly, it bothers me to read this stuff. I feel irritated when I hear people say “I would like to work in racing but you have to be rich” or “I would like to work in racing but you must have a degree”. The list goes on. It’s all nonsense. The people who told them they don’t work in racing. Racing people know that all types of people work in the industry and the only thing that prevents you from getting your dream job is if you give up. Most people give up too easily and normally after reading or listening to someone who knows less than they do!
I want to fix it and give some advice and encouragement to those people who love car racing and want to make a living by participating. If that’s what you want to do, then the opportunities are out there but you have to keep a clear focus and don’t be put off by any small setback. As the phrase “Anything in a life worth having is worth working for” says.
Tell a 10 year old boy
I decided I wanted to work in F1 when I was 10 years old. I had never thought about it before, but my class teacher was an F1 addict and he asked us every Monday morning if we knew who the top 6 finalists of the weekend were. I watched TV to find out and the bug bit me! So I decided what I wanted to do with my life and since then I haven’t changed my mind. Now I’m 47 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made …
Many people have tried to put it off. My parents didn’t know anything about racing and they wanted me to be an accountant or a teacher. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s not what I wanted to do. My brother told me he was too specialized and I would never have had a chance. My teachers said that I wasn’t smart enough and that I would need qualifications of all kinds or they 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 all Formula 1 on every occasion. I also had a lot of repercussions when I applied for a job, but in the end my CV and personality clicked on someone and I had my chance. I kept my first acceptance letter but I also kept the 2 rejection letters that I had from the same team a year earlier. They are written by the same person!
The setbacks are not permanent
It’s just a reminder that there will be a lot 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 will be better prepared than the next boy / girl.
The Formula 1 business is now a large sector and the opportunities are much more abundant than when I started working, so there is no reason to give up.
See you one day on the grill.