Getting started in Formula 1 Racing
At 1HOUR we strive to help students discover industries or subjects to embark on in their future careers, especially outside of their curriculum. One subject which may interest students is the automotive sector, especially the thrill of Formula 1 racing.
As one of the most glamorous sports in the world, it’s no surprise that children want to imagine what a career is like in the fast lane. Think Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Sir Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher. There are many Formula 1 legends who spring to mind.
But it’s more than individuals racing to win the World Championship — it’s a team effort! Mechanics, engineers, aerodynamicists and more will be working together to produce a sensationally fast car which brings results. It’s all or nothing. And that’s what makes it exciting.
However, we cannot single out the automotive industry too, as this will have close ties to motorsport. In the UK alone in 2020, the motor industry generated over £78.9 billion, contributing £15.3 billion to the economy.
Despite these figures, it is not an industry without its challenges. Ever-evolving technology means some manufacturing jobs could soon be at risk, as well as the environmental challenges involved in dealing with climate change.
How learning about F1 Racing can benefit students
Understanding the mechanics and physics behind a car means having an interest in science and maths. There are routes to take in higher education, such as by studying Mechanical Engineering or Automotive Engineering to gain further knowledge.
However, if wanting to go down the design-route, a creative mindset and passion for designing would come in handy.
Remember to never have doubt, as passion and enthusiasm can go a long way to achieving big dreams!
Jobs related to the industry and racing
If becoming an engineer, mechanic or designer interests you or someone you know, there are other similar industries to work in and not just in F1. These include the motor, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Fancy building aircrafts and missiles, and not just F1 cars?
Aerodynamics can also involve working in the armed forces or space companies to produce innovative technology for space. Imagine being behind the next rocket blasting off into space!
Other ways to enjoy the glamour of F1
If you are unfamiliar with F1, it looks initially very reliant on motorsport knowledge. However, the revenue generated is not just from the cars — and this is where you could get involved.
The F1 calendar means drivers take part in around 21 races in a variety of countries, meaning tourism and hospitality come into play. Monaco itself, the oldest Grand Prix, generates over $110 million every year.
The revenue from F1 is also generated by broadcasting rights. It is a sport watched worldwide by millions, meaning the story needs to be told across a range of platforms. You could be the next Murray Walker or Martin Brundle and have a journalism career based around your love for the sport.
Are you currently familiar with the automotive or motoring industry and want to inspire others? Here at 1HOUR you can become a volunteer and host a workshop at a school or other organisation to share your story. All you need is a spare one hour.
If you are interested or know someone else in the motor industry who could talk to students, get in touch today.