Many people may have heard my name mentioned regularly on BBC or Sky Formula 1 coverage, so I thought I would write about how this came about over the years.
It started around 2011, at this time I was working in a position which allowed me to work from home and under my own hours. This meant I was able to work around F1 practice coverage on the BBC, and using twitter I was able to also send it questions to the team during these sessions, which was made up of David Croft, Anthony Davidson & Ted Kravitz at the time. Over the year the team read out many of my tweets and when they moved to Sky this has continued somewhat during Free Practice coverage when I have been able to watch.
Following their departure and the change in TV coverage in the UK, I have also kept an ear in on the BBC Radio 5Live coverage and continued to tweet them over the years. Especially as now on Fridays during practice coverage my only method to follow the sessions is by listening to the radio coverage.
Going into 2012 and beyond, 5Live changed their team as Crofty, Ant and Ted left for Sky. The new team headed by Ben Edwards & James Allen continued to read out tweets from me. I had the chance to meet members of the team at Goodwood Festival of Speed that year to introduce myself to some of them (and thank them for all those tweets of mine they read out).
As the years have gone on, I have managed to attend a number of different motorsport events and have made myself known to both the teams from Sky & BBC.
I was in the audience for Sky’s F1 Show in 2014, and was also given a gift by Ted Kravitz of a “Ted’s Notebook” with a thank you note for all the tweets and questions I send in and to keep it up. I must say, it was an honour meeting Ted as I often feel we are quite alike. I work in aviation and have a passion for F1, whereas Ted works in F1 and has a passion for aviation. Something we briefly managed to mention when I got to speak to Ted afterwards (as well as him joking that I should be given producer credits with all the discussion points I’ve started during practice from my tweets and questions)
Since the start of this year with the F1 coverage in the UK now on Channel 4 and unable to watch Friday sessions, I have found the 5Live coverage invaluable. Therefore it’s the commentary team of Jack Nicholls, Tom Clarkson & Jennie Gow who continued to spot and read out the tweets I’ve send throughout the year.
Having met Jennie Gow at a number of various events going back to 2011, and making myself known to Jack Nicholls at Donington Park for the first time last year during Formula E pre-season testing, I managed to also catch up with both of them Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier in 2016 along with bumping into Tom Clarkson as well. So being able to meet the members of the team and chat to them all has let them see how passionate & knowledgeable I am about the sport which I believe has lead to the continued reading of my questions and comments throughout the year.
For someone who has been a Formula 1 fan for nearly 30 years and with a background in engineering, twitter over the last 5 years has allowed me to get closer to the sport I am most passionate about, and as much as it may seem like a given that people hear my name during BBC 5Live coverage (or on the Official F1 App) or occasionally on Sky, it is still always an honour that the teams from Sky & BBC remember me when they see me, and also an honour that they consider my questions or comments worthy enough of reading out on air.
So I thank them all and hope they consider my point of views valid enough to continue reading out on air.