Share Your Experiences

This page is under construction but it’s intended to be somewhere that people can leave comments or advice for others based on their experiences.

  • Do you work in F1? Tell us how you got there.
  • Have you had a placement or work experience? What did you do to make yourself stand out?
  • Have you been for an interview? What was it like?
  • Have you worked elsewhere in motorsport? Share you experience.
  • Finding something difficult or need to know something in particular? Ask !
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26 thoughts on “Share Your Experiences

  1. Hello, i just wanted to thank you…

    Id had my heart set on Formula 1 for years but my maths let me down at A level, so i gave in to reality and had to think of something else. Recently id been looking for apprenticeships in tattooing, art and design, however have been unsuccessful. Somehow i think it was fate not finding anything, and ive constantly got the thought in the back of my mind about F1 still. Reading your posts has helped me realise that i shouldn’t give up on my dreams and that it is possible to get there… you may have just saved me from a long period of depression and i am so grateful! I WILL get into F1, and i will be a mechanic… and ultimately (hopefully) a race engineer. Im nearly 18 so its probably too late to start karting/racing… :/ 🙂

    Thank you,

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  2. Hello there

    I’m at secondary schools and I’m doing my GCSE’s this summer. Since i was very young i have always wanted to work in F1. I have drawn my own cars and idea’s, Collected Model F1 cars and have visited many F1 races. In my spare time i watch classic F1 races and read books all about F1 and how the cars are designed and made. I’m competing in F1 in schools for the first time this year too hoping for successes. I’m very keen on the engineering side of things.

    I’m doing my BTEC Engineering level 2 diploma currently and it will be finished in the summer. I enjoy Tech and getting hands on. I do like Maths and Physics and problem solving. I plan on doing Maths and Physics at A level next year. I want to be a engineer in Formula One and travel around to every track with them. I just love race tracks, Racing and Formula One!

    But I’m unsure on a path there. How i think i should do it is complete my GCSE’s then do my A levels, Then go to Uni and get a degree in mechanical engineering. Once done that apply for any jobs in Any F1 team. Does this sound realistic? Do you have any advice or tips of what and how to do it? What Uni’s are good for F1? Do i need to contact some F1 teams and just make them aware of me and pester them?

    I’ve been watching F1 for 10years now and love the history of it. This is my passion and where i want my career to be. Please get back to me. I hope to One day be able to help the team gain that extra 1 tenth.

    Thank you

    David

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      • Thank you for the quick response, I understand what you mean, Would you say joining a GP2 or GP3 teams would be hard or are all there teams private? Or is it best to go for the first thing you can get your hands on? Love your site by the way, So helpful!

  3. Hello Sir

    I have done my mechanical engineering and looking for my masters soon either from a US unversity or a German university. I love aerodynamics and till date I have been able to learn the external aerodynamics of Vehicle in unviersity courses and by using CFD methods.

    It’ll be really great if you could suggest me if for aerodynamics Masters in Mechanical (with special courses on Automotive Engieering, CFD and wind tunnel techniques) is enough or a PhD is also required to become a race car aerodynamics guy.

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  4. Dear Mr jobinf1,

    I’ve been quite a regular reader of your blog and have learnt a lot from it. The information you have provided has strengthened my motivation to work in F1 even more! I have also recently bought a few F1 related books (The Piranha Club and The Mechanic’s Tale to name two) so that I can gain as much more information about the industry as possible.

    After about 2 years of struggle to get a job in F1 Aero I have decided to change my career path slightly. Although my ultimate aim is still to get into F1, I am beginning to realize that my present level of experience might not be enough to obtain a job right away. Hence building the experience and skill set required is my next goal.

    It has been over 3 months since your last post! But I am looking forward to reading many more inspiring posts on this website.

    Cheers,
    Manu.

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    • Hi Manu

      Thanks for another nice comment

      I have been hugely busy with developing the concept for our 2014 turbo car so have had very little time to write on my site

      I hope now to spend some more time on it and put out some more ideas and advice.

      Hope things are going well with you

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  5. Hi there!

    I searched on the web, i couldn’t find anything related to this… Could someone please tell me if is there any kind of work not related to engineering? Thanks 😀

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    • Hi

      Of course there is non engineering work but the biggest sector in F1 is engineering. The site is focused on that because that is what I do and therefore am most knowledgeable about.

      I hope in the future to expand to other areas but unfortunately I don’t have much to tell you right now.

      Good luck

      Reply
  6. Hey! Thanks for this awesome website it really gives me hope for finding a job!
    However my situation kind of sucks. I’m 23, I live in the US and I didn’t go to school. I would really love to go back to school and I am more motivated than ever. I would really enjoy working on the car or being an engineer. I feel like moving to England and going to school there would give me the best fighting chance to land a job in this industry. What would you recommend?
    Thank You for this awesome website!

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    • Hi Rodrigo,

      You coudl move to England, that would be a good idea but if you dont have the necessary qualifications getting a placae on a good course might be difficult.#

      I would suggest trying to get a hands on job or volunteer experince within US motorsport might eb the way forward. There is a huge motorsport scene out there where you are, bigger than in Europe and so it should be possible to find something ?

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  7. Hi. I’m Andrea. I’m still 14, going to enter high school this july,and I guess it’s still far away to discuss about job in F1. But actually, F1 is my passion. And I always want to be a race engineer. I don’t want to waste my time, so, I can prepare myself 🙂 I just need some advice please.. Thanks a lot

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    • Hi Andrea

      Thanks for your comments.

      Good to start as early as possible so you are thinking the right way.

      School wise you need to concentrate on Maths, anything regarding science and technology, or computing until you are 16. For race engineering you need to study Maths and Physics, and look to study Mechanical Engineering at University. You would probably either start as a vehicle dynamicist or a data engineer.

      I would look at Uni courses at Cranfield, Oxford Brookes & the Automotive Engineering course at Loughborough University if you can.

      Oustide of school, at your age, try to get involved in karting. Ideally, race your own, or look at Club 100 or something similar where you can “arrive & drive”. Just the experience of racing will help you focus on your goals and teach you a little about tyres, handling, gearing and engines. You need to be experienced in what goes on at race meetings, organising yourself and not getting overwhelmed by all of the jobs that need doing.

      Hope that helps !!!!

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      • thanks! that helps me.. but I think I another question.. (sorry ask you so much questions)
        I live in Indonesia, and I realize, that motorsport isn’t as famous as another sports. I guess, I have to take my degree later outside my country. I think UK is the best answer, but also, I need scholarships to get there. People said, that it’s hard to get scholarships in UK. So, is there other country that support motorsport well? thanks again. This website makes me realize, that I can reach my dream to have a job in F1 🙂

      • Hi Andrea

        It depends on what you mean by a scholarship. Is that to pay your fees or just to get a place on the course. You should just be able to apply for place and then check your visa requiremets

        http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/apply-outside-uk/

        There is a lot of competition of course, but I dont think there are any unmanageable barriers to cross to get there. The most common route for foreigners to F1 is via education in the UK or Europe.

  8. HI there 🙂

    For starters, i think that this blog is a really good idea. i have been looking around for a while trying to look for more information on this industry and believe that its going to help a lot of people.

    i have a question in regards to getting into this industry with graduate work and work placements. i am an first year engineering student in New Zealand so i am a far way from where most of the teams are traditionally based so i sense that graduate and work placement will be very unlikely. what other options are there for me to gain experience that would help me out in pursuing a career in this industry? our university is currently setting up a formula sae team so I know that this would be a good first step.but what else would you recommend in my early stages of my studies

    thank you very much for your time and good luck with the website 🙂

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    • Thanks Hayden. It’s tough being far away as you are obviously aware. I’m not sure what the domestic scene is like in NZ but this would be the ideal way to make yourself stand out. Even if you have a good degree, there will be someone else in Europe with the same or better. You need to mar yourself out as different.

      F student is great, but again, lots of people do it so it’s no longer a differentiator. It’s a victim of its own success in that sense but that experience will help you in lower formula jobs.

      Sorry I can’t offer that golden tip but best advice is imagine you are an F1 engineer with a pile of applications. What would make you sit up and take notice of an application from NZ? You’ve got to get out and do that thing.

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      • I’m 17 and im at the end of my junior year of high school. I love racing ,it’s truly my passion and I’m willing to sacrifice and devote my life to motorsports, but I live in America and where I live there isn’t much related to racing near me. So where should I start, being that I’m so young and with limited resources? What kind of things have you seen that make the application or interview really stand out from others?

  9. Dear kind F1-Job information provider :-),

    Firstly, thank you for this wonderful forum for exchange of information regarding getting a job in Formula One. I really think this blog is going to help many achieve their goals of entering the exciting and fast paced world of F1 racing. I agree with you on the fact that there is very little useful information on this topic, a lot of which is by people who have little idea about the industry. I think what potential F1 employees need is coherent, experience-based advice and information and with your understanding of the industry, we would be able to pursue the right direction.

    I have been wanting to get into F1 (in Aerodynamics in particular) since I was a young teenager (I am 25 now) and have focused on that to obtain the relevant education (degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering). I have seen the fruits of my educational experience recently and have had Interviews with two F1 Teams (though I think it is probably best not to reveal their names). I would like to share my experiences (in a rather long post!)

    1) The first interview was with a small Team. I had had other interviews (with non-F1 industry companies) before but since this was my first ever F1 interview, I was not sure how best to prepare for it. I was excited no doubt but I knew I had to prepare well if I were to have an impact on the Interviewers. I took advice from some senior people and professors at my University, studied the Team thoroughly; its history, senior personnel, driver information, past Drivers’ and Constructors’ finishes. Although one may know a Team from the races and what is shown by the media, there is a lot of unseen information as well, which may be an advantage during an interview (for example, what the Team is involved in other than F1). The interview was for a Junior CFD Engineer position (mainly assisting senior CFD personnel with simulations and correlation with wind tunnel results). Hence I had also revised all my CFD related experience (theoretical concepts and projects). I had studied recent technical developments going on in Formula One, recent and past innovations in Design (double DRS, double diffuser etc) and also how the Team had performed during the current and past seasons. Unfortunately, before the interview, I did not know anyone who had the experience of being an F1 interviewee so I was basically on my own, but I did not want to leave any stone unturned. The interview was with two members of the Aerodynamics department. It started with a general overview of the Team along with information regarding the Aero department hierarchy and where the potential employee would begin their job on that hierarchy. The next bit of the Interview was roughly composed of two parts; the first part was a detailed discussion with regards to my CV and the second part was a Technical question and answer session. In the first part, I was asked about my educational background, my motivations to pursue that education, to describe in detail my CFD related experience with respect to my projects, experience with CFD and CAD software packages, basically everything I had mentioned on my CV (goes without saying – know your CV inside out!). The second part was the more interesting and challenging part of the Interview, the technical Q&A. The interviewers had a set of questions relating to certain technical aspects of F1, relevant to the position. The questions were mainly based on theoretical principles of race car aerodynamics as applied to a real situation on a circuit. For example, where would points lie on a ride height map (a graph of rear ride height versus front ride height showing contours of rear downforce) during various phases of car cornering, what flow features are seen in a given plot of pressure contours in the region of the front wing, which part on the car can have a significant influence on the downforce and how I would try to improve it. I was also asked to describe a past aero design innovation. The interview was long but it was a good experience. Unfortunately, I was not successful in obtaining the position.

    2) The second interview was with one of the big budget Teams. I was quite sure that my previous interview experience would be helpful during this one but being the Team that they were, I had to prepare myself even more. Preparation was similar to the first interview but much more in terms of finer details. Being a big and successful Team, there was much more to know about them as well. They had told me who the two Interviewers would be so I had tried to obtain information on them as well; background, duties, previous experience, entry into F1. This interview was for a broader role in the Aerodynamics department, duties involving CFD as well as wind tunnel testing. The recruitment process with this Team comprised of 2 interviews (which, much to my surprise, was revealed to me during the first interview!). The first Interview was (again) roughly divided into a CV discussion session and Technical Q&A, though the CV discussion was not as extensive as during the interview with the previous Team. The Technical Q&A during this interview was fundamentally different from the previous interview; whereas during my first interview I was asked about applications of the theory of race car aerodynamics, during this interview I was asked mainly about the fundamental principles of aerodynamics in general. The topics discussed ranged from lift versus angle of attack for a 2D airfoil section, lift distribution along the span of a real (3D) wing, effect of edge vortices on lift, lift generation on a delta wing, flow separation (how and why does it occur etc), Reynolds number effects on flow separation, applications of Bernoulli’s principle and other basic building blocks of aerodynamics. This interview was almost as long as the previous one but I experienced a whole different technique of the Technical Q&A. Fortunately, I qualified for the second stage interview with this Team. About half the applicants that interviewed in the first stage qualified for the second stage. The second stage interview was with two other people from the Aero department. It did not consist of a technical part; it was mainly a personality based interview, for the Team to get to know me better. There was again some discussion on my CV and past experience. I was asked about my motivations to work in F1 and also with that Team in particular, my strengths and weaknesses, my interests in the position I was interviewing for, which area I would like to specifically concentrate on, my long term goals and also about my hobbies and extra activities. Unfortunately, I was informed a few weeks later that they would not be going ahead with my application.

    I believe that “F1 is about empowering people to do their job” and talent might not be the only requirement. A hard working and committed individual needs to be given a ‘chance’ to prove himself. But as many have said, “One (also) has to be in the right place at the right time”. With the experience of two (interestingly different) F1 interviews under my belt, I intend to keep trying until I achieve my ambition and hope to succeed soon.

    Cheers,
    M
    (P.S.
    • advice in general and for future interviews is much appreciated (especially from the blogger of this website)
    • Questions regarding my experience are most welcome)

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    • Thank you so much for that detailed comment. This is exactly what I wanted on this page here. My own experience of interviewing is probably a little different to someone trying to get into racing for the first time and so I thought it might be more relevant for others to share their experiences. I have been involved in interviewing from the other side of the table but again I wanted a more general view, not just how I personally see interviewing as each individual team and interviewer will have their own approach.

      Thanks again and good luck. It sounds like you are not very far away from making a breakthrough.

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    • Dear M,

      Thank you for this information. I was wondering if you applied for a graduate scheme and what the initial application was like? Did you apply on a website? It sounds like a very difficult process!

      Also, what do you think the best way is to find work experience in a F1 company (I am currently 17).

      Moreover, I was wondering where you studied, because a mechanical+aeronautical degree sounds absolutely awesome!

      Thank you very much in advance,
      Michael

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      • I didnt get a graduate place.

        I’m about to publish a new post which talks a little bit about how I got into F1. There is no single best way to get there and there would be no advantage in going to the same University as I did it was a long time ago and the internet didn’t exist !!!!!!!

      • Hi Michael,

        Thanks for your interest and questions. I did not apply for a graduate role, I applied for a position on the Team website. On an advertised position, they usually mention the documents they need (CV, cover letter etc). Obviously, you need to prepare them well. The process might be a bit lengthy (I was invited to the interview approximately 2 months after I applied). Regarding Graduate Scheme, some of their applications are similar to the above whereas others require you to provide extra information (for example, answers to questions such as what would you consider to be your greatest achievement, what were the challenges you faced and how did you overcome these)

        I think the best person to ask about information regarding work experience with F1 Teams is the blogger of this website. There is post about it http://jobinf1.com/2013/05/06/work-placements-at-f1-teams/

        I did not study Mechanical+Aeronautical Engineering in a single degree. My undergraduate background is in Mechanical Engineering whereas my postgraduate degree is in Aerospace Engineering.

        I hope that may help 🙂

        Regards,
        Manu.

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