Who Works in For­mula One

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Who do you need to know in mo­tor rac­ing?

There is only one place to get the an­swer, and that is the de­fin­i­tive guide, Who Works in For­mula One, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary this year. The book’s co-founder, FrançoisMi­chel Gre­goire, a for­mer oil entreprene­ur and For­mula One spon­sor­ship man­ager, says much has changed in the sport since he be­gan – and re­veals his ul­ti­mate din­ner party guest list.

How did the guide be­gin?

When I met Geneviève Farez, a cor­po­rate iden­tity spe­cial­ist, I was very in­volved in mo­tor­sport and For­mula One, in par­tic­u­lar as a part­ner and as­so­ciate of the AGS F1 Team and with Wil­liams F1 and the Lo­tus team through spon­sor­ship con­tracts. I re­alised it was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to contact peo­ple in the industry and Geneviève said: ‘You know peo­ple, I know books, so let’s make a guide!’

Is For­mula One still as glam­orous?

Maybe I have be­come nos­tal­gic with age but I think For­mula One was much more glam­orous and fes­tive than now when the teams’ re­sources were much more limited and pas­sion pre­vailed over money.

What’s the best way to get a ca­reer in For­mula One?

I think it takes a lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion and tenac­ity. One of the best ways is to be hired as an in­tern – the other is to be a son or daugh­ter of a For­mula One mem­ber.

What are the big­gest changes to the sport you have seen?

We have wit­nessed a rad­i­cal change in sport with the end of the Jean-marie Balestre era and the takeover by Bernie Ec­cle­stone. We are wit­ness­ing the de­par­ture of all the mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in the cre­ation of mod­ern F1 and the emer­gence of a new, high­lyspe­cialised gen­er­a­tion.

Fi­nally, who would your ul­ti­mate For­mula One din­ner party guests be?

Colin Chap­man, Dan Gur­ney, Adrian Newey, Bernie Ec­cle­stone and Juan Manuel Fan­gio.

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