How To Become A F1 Engineer

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The step by step guide to working in Formula 1.

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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 had to find my way around the hard way, 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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11 thoughts on “How To Become A F1 Engineer

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  2. mohammed garda

    hi there, i am doing sports science in my lesson of applied science. as part of my coursework i have to choose an aspect of an sport and how this links to the sport. i have chosen F1 engineering and i need to know what qualifications one needs to be an F1 engineer and what qulaificastoins would be required a person may need to deal with the new ERS system EnergyRecoverSystem

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Mohammed,

      The ERS is a system of components and requires input from a team of people.
      Electrical integration (EDS), electronics, software engineer, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering as well as the vehicle architecture team.
      These would be either BSc, BEng, MSc or MEng or PhD qualified engineers.

      If you would like to write a comprehensive answer on how this science is applied I have written about it in detail in the How To Get A Job In F1 book.

      Stephen Sawyer

  3. Jasmine

    Hi! I would love to get your book! Just need permission from my parents.

    so anyway, I would like to do chemical engineerung in college. Is this a good path to F1 or do i need to be a mechanicak engineering graduate?

    1. Job In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Jazmine,

      With Formula 1 adopting hybrid technologies and HV battery systems chemical engineering of lithium is a good place to be. Optimising energy performance and minimising energy loss in chemistry is the future.
      You can also look to become a composite materials specialist.


      1. Tony

        I wanted to know which one among automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerodynamics would be good to become a f1 engineer. Do you have any suggestions? I’m currently a junior and I want to see which direction I would like to go through my university education.

        1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

          Hi Tony,

          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.


  4. Vimal

    im vimal(india)
    im currently in my 12th grade.
    im very passionate about working at an F1 firm.
    So pls suggest me on what course to take up and the higher degrees

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Vimal,

      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.


  5. Jasvir

    Hi Steve,
    I am currently in the final semester of B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), India. I have received conditional offers for MSc Automotive Engg. from Cranfield University and MSc Automotive, Motorsports Engg. from Oxford Brookes .
    I have extensively practiced FEA modelling & optimization as well as vehicle dynamics for the past two years, thanx to formula student. Now my only focus is to be a vehicle dynamicist in a formula one team as you said that it would be better to specialize in a niche subject.
    Could u suggest me with the path i should follow and the pre-requisites that any team seeks in order to be a vehicle dynamicist? and how could strong FEA skills help me work in a team?
    Also, more importantly i wish to know which of the above mentioned course and university would you suggest me to choose?
    and to have your suggestions on the future scope in Formula-E, would be great too!
    Thank you very much

    1. Jobs In F1 Team Post author

      Hi Jasvir

      If you have the option to pursue motorsport at Oxford then that is what you should do.
      Pre-requisites are good qualifications, a desire to be better than anyone else, and a personality that is confident and capable of greatness.If you do not believe that you are capable of doing the job then how would you convince someone else you have what it takes?
      You have practiced two terrific engineering disciplines, you could consider developing your own model that shows the effects of vehicle dynamics on key systems of an F1 car, this would show application of knowledge and capability to deliver. You can approach a team as potential employee or supplier if you have something to offer. Create your opportunity.

      I have been working with electric and hybrid vehicles since 2008, Formula-E is a great opportunity to be involved in new component technologies, control strategies and safety systems, as well as giving you the experience of working and travelling in a motorsport circus. It would be a productive stepping stone.



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