The world of Formula 1 motor racing is glamorous and exciting and seems out of reach to most people. But if you love the sport and want to find a job in the industry, there are opportunities – you just have to know how to find them. And, what’s more, you don’t have to be put off if you are not a brilliant driver or top class mechanic because Formula 1 is a huge industry and has room for good people with expertise in a wide range of other disciplines, from advertising to computers.
A good place to start is by getting advice from the recruitment experts. They will be able to point you in the right direction and be able to match your skills with the jobs available in Formula 1. Recruitment agency Randstad, actually have a great interactive animation (produced in conjunction with Williams Racing) on their website that will open your eyes to just how varied jobs in Formula 1 really are.
It is important that you have a good idea of what you want to do in the industry and a recruitment agent will be able to examine your skills and let you know just where you might be able to fit into a Formula 1 team. The agent will also be able to give you advice about what skills you need to improve upon and what additional experience you need to give yourself the best chance of getting the type of job you want.
Jobs in Formula 1 are wide-ranging. At the front end, are the plum high profile jobs like driver, mechanic and team manager. These are hard to get and require a very specific skill set. But behind the scenes there is an army of support staff. There are, of course, the technical people who help in the design of the cars and engines, accountants, advertising specialists, event managers and so on. So, even if you are not a technical wizard, you’ll still be able to work in Formula 1; but no job in the industry is easy to get.
Of course, you can do a lot to give yourself a better chance of a successful job search. You need to find out all you can about motor racing and especially about the team you are applying to join. And you’ll need to show that you are passionate about the sport.
Formula 1 is highly competitive, so it only recruits the best. This means that you’ll probably need to have some experience and the best way to get it is to become involved in motor racing. You might be able to find a job with a lower Formula team or else become involved with club racing, either paid or as a volunteer. This will give you the chance to make useful contacts and to gain the practical experience that is so highly valued in motor racing. Time spent in the lower levels of the sport will prove a great asset if you hope to step up to Formula 1.
With hard work, a never say die attitude and, of course, talent in your chosen field, a life in Formula 1 is attainable. You’ll need to apply yourself in the right direction and be prepared for setbacks. But, if you are one of the fortunate few that gets into Formula 1, you can look forward to an exciting, fast-paced, tough and rewarding career.