Who Works in Formula One
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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