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Whether you would like to be a Formula 1 driver, an engineer, a member of the pit crew or work in the media and supporting roles, you can now save yourself a great deal of time and effort with the ULTIMATE guide to jobs and careers in Formula 1. This step by step guide to working in Formula 1 covers Initiatives, Sponsorship, Formula to Race, Education & Grades, Preferred Colleges & Universities, and How To Get A Job In Formula 1 are all covered.

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When I started my career I was given little to no guidance on how to build a career in motorsport, let alone know how to get a job in formula 1. I researched where to study and which courses that I needed to enrol on, I then worked really hard to get the experience I needed whilst studying, and even harder to build my own contacts, learnt how to write a really good CV, and figured out how to impress at an interview and eventually after 15 years of effort got to work at McLaren.

I really enjoy my career, and there are many people who would like to be part of F1, but like me had no idea how to get a job in F1. The good news is that this book and website will save you a lot of time and effort.

People always ask the question: “how does someone become a formula 1 driver?”
If your dream is to become a driver we explain how and where to start your racing career, which organisations to join, where to get your equipment and the budget you need, where to get professional training, how to get sponsorship and management, and we explain the formula’s that you need to compete in that lead to F1, and how to secure your F1 seat on the grid.

The second question asked is:
“how do you become a F1 engineer and what qualifications do you need?”
If you are going to choose a professional career we explain the jobs that exist with a Formula 1 company and provide you with details of the roles performed and the tools used by teams to help design and build the cars.

If you would like to become a F1 engineer we explain how to build a career in formula one, the qualifications required to perform many of the team roles, we give you clear guidance on what to study and where to study with universities preferred by the F1 teams. But academic achievement
alone is not always enough, we give you the inside tips on actions you can take that will make you stand out from all other candidates.

It is really important for pupils that are not based in the UK to choose the right academic courses and we explain the courses required to give you recognised grades for UK based universities and companies. By taking the courses and achieving the level of results recommended you will be in the driving seat for your university education and a career in F1.

Just as important as a qualification we will teach you how to develop your network connections in the motorsport industry and how to use those to create your opportunities by explaining how recruitment works in F1.

The third question asked is: “Are there any jobs that do not require a degree?”
Even if you do not have a degree, F1 needs you. There are several jobs within the teams and the supporting industry that can help to fulfil your ambition of being a part of Formula 1.

If these are questions that you have asked yourself, or you are planning your career it is time to take action and get the answers that you need by ordering your copy of “How To Get A Job In Formula 1″ for £14.99 plus £1.99 post and packaging.

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27 thoughts on “How To Get A Job In F1.

  1. Scott McCrudden


    My name is Scott and I have had a passion for F1 and motorsport for a long time. I live in Northern Ireland and I have 3 A levels in History, Maths and Physics. Then I went onto to a degree in Computing at university and I have graduated with third class honours, I realized half way through my degree I had no passion for software development, and after a bit of self reflection I realized I should maybe have started following my passion sooner and I’m currently at the research phase of looking into how to get into the motorsport industry with the ultimate ambition being a job in F1. Based on the qualifications above as I am aware the motorsport industry does mirror the wider world of work what type of jobs would be available in the motorsport industry? Also do you think I would need to go back to some form of education or even back to Uni to get new qualifications that are more engineering based as I’m not 100% sure of the path I’d need to take, or could I proceed forward and do my research and find a door in without backtracking to education as I know a new degree would cost alot? I already know I need to do my research and I need to put my CV forward to employers or even volunteer to find a way in the door.

    Thank you

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Scott,

      The important thing is to decide which job you would like to do, if you contact a company asking what open positions they have your CV will not make it into the hands of the people you need it to reach. You have a basis of some really good qualifications already so you are on the right track, but a list of qualifications after your name alone are not enough in many cases to create the opportunity. There are many ways to get involved in motorsport and these combined with qualifications put you in a good position.

      At this point in time you need to decide on the job and then then assess the qualification you need if you need anymore at all. What most people fail to appreciate is that they are unique and so are their education and experiences, what you need to do is find your niche.

      The reason we wrote How To Get A Job In Formula 1 is to help people exactly like you, we have described all the jobs in an F1 company and the tools used to develop the cars, so if you have particular skills you can align your ability to your niche. All of the those jobs are mirrored across the motorsport industry. I have explained all about the qualifications, courses and universities favoured by the F1 teams. We are of course going to recommend buying a copy of the book, it will answer the questions you have, We are also going to direct you to where you type jobs in F1 in the search bar, they have placed an order and are offering a discount.

      Further more we will send you a direct email titled Jobs In F1, we set up this site to help people live the dream so will be happy to take up direct communications with you.

      Jobs In F1 team.

  2. Reece sutherland

    Hi there my name is reece sutherland, I’ve been interested in formula one racing ever since i was 10! I am now 17 years of age and have been thinking how does someone become a driver in formula one? How does it come around? Im really interested as i would love to make it as a driver? Am i to old to try and become and formula 1 driver? What qualifications do you need? If you could please write back toe an help me on my way i would be most grateful for any help!

    Thank you very much

    sincerely Reece Sutherland

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Reece

      You are not to young to try, Damon Hill F1 World Champion in 1996 didn’t start racing cars until he was 21 years of age. You would be a few years behind your competition for experience, so would have some ground to make up, but talent more than experience shows more in young drivers, and talent beats budgets.

      The most important thing you need to do is to make a plan of how you will become a professional driver. Yours is a question I have been asked many times, and it is my ambition to find and to help develop young drivers and engineers to navigate their way into a career in motorsport and to a career in Formula 1. This was my motivation to writing the book “How To Get A Job In Formula 1″. It has taken me 25 years of experience and a year to write down the answer to your question. Every action that you need to take is explained, step by step. Your whole career plan is laid out in the book; from applying for your license to where to buy your kit, where to race, the budget you need, getting sponsors to pay for your career, which formula races that lead to a seat in Formula 1, and how and where to educate yourself to have a sustained career in motorsport.

      In summary, you have asked the biggest question in motorsport. Some people take action and have the conviction and determination to make their dream a reality. The first question you have to ask yourself is: do I? Buy the book.

      This type of career book didn’t exist when I was a teenager, and I really wished it did. I fulfilled my dream to work at McLaren and I did it the hard way with little support and a huge amount of determination. When your successful people tell you you are lucky, I found the harder I worked the luckier I got.

      I wish you the best of luck,

  3. Joris Bold


    I received an offer from Cranfield University and Oxford Brookes to do the master “Motorsport Engineering”. next year.
    I would like to know if you can adivce me one more than another?
    My goal is to work in F1 as aerodynamicist…
    Thank you in advance

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Joris

      Both are excellent choices and are in my recommended list of Universities. Think about your long term plan, part of your decision may be which teams are located closely to the university, i.e. Cranfield are affiliates to the RAeS and are a preferred University of Mercedes GP, this may offer a direct opportunity to move to a team when you complete your Masters. You should also enquire about sponsorship opportunities. Oxford Brookes are accredited by the IMechE. Consider how will you use you opportunity and network that you meet at university to further your career in your niche.

      Decide if you wish to pursue pure aerodynamics or attain an overall motorsport masters. I would advise specialising in a niche and targeting your career plan concisely.


  4. Hector

    Hi Steve,
    Many thanks for this blog!
    I will follow an automotive course at Cranfield next year. Firstly, I wanted to be aerodynamicist but I am also especially interested in race strategy (it was something like my child dream…). Now that I am about to get a precious certificate, I am hesitating between this two kinds of job. However, I know nothing about being a strategeist. How do they work ? Do they use laptime simulation software? What are the required skills? What do they do after a grand prix or during a grand prix when the car are not running?
    Many thanks for your help!

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Hector,

      Race strategy has to account for all contributing factors to be successful. It is heavily reliant on algorithm, data collection, analysis and simulation.
      You need a good understanding of many disciplines to appreciate how to apply the knowledge. I love race race strategy, predicting how many seconds a car stops for and how much fuel it took on board, how the long the tyres will last on that track and the environmental conditions, who is running at which pace etc. I have written about how it is done in the How To Get A Job In Formula 1 book that can be ordered from the website or Amazon UK in paperback or Kindle formats, this will give you a really good insight.

      Unless you are a mathematician that writes code it is unlikely you would go straight into race strategy, it is a role you grow into once you have foundation knowledge of the complete car design and several key systems.

      I would advise specialising in aerodynamics and practice race strategy and simulation, initially for aerodynamic effect to the car, then even think about developing your own system to demonstrate to a team.

      Focus on your desire and a can do attitude, tenacity is a key characteristic you will need to succeed.


  5. Fante Meng

    Hello Steve,
    My name is Fante. I am a 17 years old high school student live in China. I have the passion for racing cars since I was very young. I want to be a formula1 engineer in the future. At that time, I knew many successful formula1 engineers major in aerospace engineer in the university, and I thought the best aerospace engineering schools are in America. In order to chase my dream, I went to a international high school 2 years ago to prepare me for the university study in America . I take many College Board AP courses (almost the same materials as A-level) like Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, Psychology, for 2 years, which can transfer many credits in the most of the universities in US. But after I read your book, I realized study in the UK is more appropriate for the students who wanna get a job in F1. Am I right?
    I have 2 plans:
    First is to get a bachelor degree of aerospace engineering in US, then go and get a master degree in UK. But the problem is I asked the school which offers master degree for formula 1 related subjects like advanced Motorsport engineering in Cranfield. They said “Candidates must possess either a First or Upper Second class UK Honours graduates in engineering, aerospace, materials science and closely related disciplines who wish to gain knowledge of the engineering, management, science and technologies relevant to Motorsport.” Which means they do not accept the graduates from US.

    Second is having all of my university educations in the UK. But the problem is I am not taking A-levels, so I won’t be competitive as those A-level takers when applying. And my College Board AP courses won’t be transfer to any credits in the university, so many of my effort in high school are wasted.
    I will do the college applications in this semester, hope you give me some advice.
    Best regards,
    Fante Meng

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hello Fante,

      There are a few points to consider. The first is that most of the teams are based in the UK and will have a relationship with UK based Universities and a familiarity with the course content and expectation of a students capability and knowledge. You have a greater chance of being correctly directed by a UK University and given opportunities like an internship if UK based.

      Secondly never consider your efforts as wasted, A levels only demonstrate a foundation of knowledge and each University will have a different acceptance criteria. Check the acceptance criteria for the other Universities stated in the book.Your International GCSE need grades need to be grades A to C as a minimum if you wish to be accepted by your short list of Universities. You begin to set yourself apart when you choose a niche in which to specialise, in your case if aerodynamics is your passion you should pursue this route, an F1 team will always review the CV of an expert in this field. Remember experience and diversity are also important assets to an F1 team.

      Part of the application assessors role is to understand exceptional circumstance, you should state how you were previously advised in your choice of education and that wish to achieve your potential by following a more appropriate route in your education.

      Thirdly you have the option of a UK based Open University course as stated in the book to gain a bachelors degree before moving onto a UK based Masters.

      When you make your applications to a University you need to demonstrate any track record that you have related to racing and motorsport disciplines or your chosen niche subject. State clearly you objective to work in Formula 1 to ensure you are advised correctly by the University.

      All of the other information you need is contained in the book.


  6. Shahin

    Hello Steve,

    I’m currently pursuing my final year in Mechanical Engineering in India.My course is scheduled to get complete by the mid of may 2015.My next desire is to get into an university for advanced study(post graduate)in Motor Sport Engineering.I’m very much eager to get into this course because I simply love racing and i can proudly exclaim myself to be a fan of Formula 1 and Moto GP for more than 10 years.Especially a very big fan of the ferrari unit.I’d always be thinking that i should get there with the engineers’ unit of the formula 1 team one day or the other.

    Now my humble request to you is to suggest me that which university in the world is the best to take up my post graduate in Motor Sport Engineering.I’d also request you to send me a list(10 atleast) which offers its best for this course,which provides me a easy path to get into the world of F1.
    Eagerly waiting for your reply.

    Thanks & Regards,

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Shahin,

      All of the courses, modules, the preferred Universities and the grades you need to achieve are all stated in the book. The podium membership includes all of the access and contact details that you will need to make your decision on which University or course is right for you.


  7. Joe


    I posted a few months ago about trying to get a job in formula 1, and your advice to me was to ‘look for the back door in’. Well since then I have broadened my search, and have managed to get a job at one of the top 3 WRC teams, that also works on other various race projects as well as rallying. I haven’t been there long, but I’m settling in well and gaining a lot of experience. I’m hoping if I get my head down and prove myself I should be able to work my up from the base level I’ve started at fairly quickly, as it seems a very mobile working environment in that sense. Ultimately F1 is still my goal, as for me it is the whole reason I went in to this field. The question I would like to ask is now I’m working somewhere like this, and gaining this experience how much more seriously will Formula 1 teams look at me in the future?

    Thanks ,


    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Joe,

      Great to hear from you again. This is fantastic news and a great achievement, well done. You now need to ensure you get a well rounded knowledge of the events and roles in the team. Think about where you excel and become a master in a niche role, study that role and keep a note of all the books or sources of information you read and look to improve your qualifications at every opportunity. Fundamentally if you can hold your own in a WRC team for more than a season you can grow into an F1 candidate. Another step could be to think about joining a company like McLaren Automotive to learn the meticulous methodology required at every stage of Supercars design and manufacture. Surprisingly a Supercar design can be more complex than an F1 car, but an F1 team is able to design with fewer compromises and focus more in certain disciplines. Once in the family you can transfer across companies.

      Steve Sawyer

  8. Gurdip Singh

    Merry X MAS Steve

    I am in the final year of of my mechanical engg. degree in india. I am passionate about motor sports and accordingly wants to do MSc in Advanced motorsports from Cranfield OR Oxford Brooks universities .
    Could you please guide me that which one is a notch better than other as far as acdemics and better connected with F1 teams , which could eventually help me to join one of the F1 teams as an engineer .

    Warm regards

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Gurdip,

      Both are top notch. Oxford is well respected by all teams but Mercedes like to draw candidates from Cranfield.


  9. Gurdip Singh

    Hello again Steve

    Thanks a lot for the earlier reply . Though i am very much interested to join F1 teams as an engineer and that is why seeking to get admission in Cranfield or Oxford. Lately my friends have cautioned me against it, reasoning that F1 motor sports is mainly British/ European dominated sports and chances of an Indian or Asian to get into one of the teams are very remote. Even they have challenged me to show the names of Indians who have made upto the F1 teams. Honestly i could not find any names. I would earnestly request you to clear the doubts in this regard and help me to establish if , as an indian , i will get fair chance to get in one of the teams. Or do you think that it wll be waste of time and parents money ,as far as i am concerned , because what job options would i have after MSc in motorsports , if not able to join any F1 team

    Warm regards and thanks in advance

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Dear Gurdip,

      I was quite shocked and disappointed by your friends comments, they are seeing your strengths as a weakness. I doubt that you would find a more welcoming division of industry to welcome you at its highest level. The mentality of an F1 team member operates on an analytical level, race, colour and creed do not matter to an F1 team. Education, attitude and achievement do. Results matter not ethnicity. It is also an observation that many Indian & Asians will work longer and harder than many Europeans, if you achieve a comparable or better MSc to your rival competitors at interview I would say you have the advantage. Focus on practicing communication and explaining your ideas well.

      Don’t forget to ask your friends if they have heard of a Formula 1 team called Force India.

      A successful person is the one that defies convention and stands on their own feet, that show their conviction and determination. My whole life people underestimated me and what I could achieve when I was younger. Stronger than their disbelief was my confidence and belief in my ability, I put myself back into education to gain a degree, created my opportunities and always took the risk to change jobs and take on new challenges, as long as I believed I could perform the role and it would move me closer to my goal of working in F1. Now many of those people are asking me how I became successful and envy my lifestyle and achievements.

      If you do not come you will never have the opportunity.

      When you go for an interview with a Formula 1 team and your MSc in motorsport I wholeheartedly recommend that you tell them this story, of how you made the decision to be an F1 engineer, and the lengths that you went to too create your opportunity.

      I hope my message is clear and I want you to keep me informed of your decision.

      Stephen Sawyer

  10. Gurdip Singh

    Millions of thanks to you Stephen. I really appreciate open heart talk that you have given me. Will do everything possible to get where i want to be and certainly will keep you informed.
    Thanks again for your valueable time.

    Warm regards and thanks again

  11. Gurdip Singh

    Hello Steve

    Sorry to bother you again but I request to seek your advice further. I am not being pessimist but to keep my options open I request your guidance on certain points

    If by chance Cranfield or Oxford brooks chose to say NO to me for MSc in advance motor sports BUT offer me a seat for MSc in Automotive engineering then :

    1) Will it still be possible to try to join one of the F1 teams as an engineer , after completion of MSc in
    Automotive engineering ??

    2) In case not possible , then which are the automotive names that value Cranfield or Oxford brooks and
    visit these universities for interviews for placements .

    Appreciate your patience and guidance
    Thanks again
    Best Regards
    Gurdip Singh

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author


      An MSc shows capability and knowledge comparable across the engineering world. You can still work in F1 with an MSc in Automotive. The only disadvantage is that you are not networking with people that are specifically dedicated to motorsport and may not have the assistance from the staff to guide you and facilitate opportunities with F1 teams. You would need to research and create your own F1 network of people.

      Jobs In F1 Team

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Dear Taiyeba,

      The only part-time job in F1 is a Marshall at a track. The teams do not offer part-time careers, only full commitment and dedication is acceptable.

      Jobs In F1 Team

  12. Kenneth Lee

    I’m 17 now and im currently studying motorsports technology diploma in Malaysia. I just completed 4 months out of the 2.5 year course. My question is, is it possible for me to apply for an f1 job directly after diploma? Because i think it will be pretty hard, considering the fact that i dont have a degree and im not from around europe. My last qualification was cambridge IGCSE and i got 4A*, 3A and 2B.

    1. jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Kenneth,

      You have made a good start with your IGCSE’s and you will need to complete your diploma. Unless you achieve or create an exceptional piece of work and get a reference from your tutor and institute it is unlikely you would be considered without a degree.


  13. durga prasad


    This is durga prasad from india. i’m completed my engineering in automobile. and what i need to get a job in f1 technical team.


    v. durga prasad

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Durga Prasad,

      You can download a copy of How To Get A Job In Formula 1 on the Amazon Kindle in India. This explains the qualifications required, the jobs in an F1 team and how you can build your network and create your opportunities. Alternatively the Podium membership provides access to a lot of information that will help you.

      Jobs In F1 Team


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