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About

Jack Leslie is a 22-year-old freelance journalist, mainly specialising in Formula 1 and motorsport. 

I have always loved writing, but I wasn't particularly good at it to begin with. I put a lot of effort into changing that in school and (eventually) it paid off. Initially, I wanted to be an architect, before realising I couldn't draw. Then, because I liked cars, I thought it might be fun to sell them for a living. But I lost interest in that fairly quickly. 

So, it took me until my mid-teens to realise that I wanted to enter the world of journalism, with motorsport being my preferred field of work. My dad and grandad are both big motor racing fans, so naturally I developed an interest in the subject at a young age.
My face

A number of things drew me to motorsport (I'm sure it's the same for a lot of people) and particularly Formula 1 - the speed, drama, race tactics and sound, to name just a few. It was something that fascinated me and caught my attention, but it wasn't until 2004 that I started to watch F1 religiously and I have rarely missed a race since. 


After finishing my GCSEs, I had a bit of spare time on my hands and started to think about possible career paths. With my love for writing and F1, I decided to combine my passions and set my sights on a career in journalism. The first step that I made on the road to becoming a journalist was setting up this blog, where I could share my thoughts and develop my skills.


It has grown considerably over the last few years - something I still can't quite believe - and has helped immensely with the progression of my career, as I soon started to build up contacts, pick up free writing work for other websites and online magazines and build up a strong portfolio. Eventually this led to paid work as a freelance journalist.


I now freelance for Motorsport Week, Car Throttle and WTF1, alongside motorsport media giant Autosport, automotive website carwow and the F1 Strategy Report (which does what it says on the tin).


I have had articles published on sites like Richland F1, F1 Fanatic, Rumble Strip News, About.com, eBay and SPEED.com as well as in magazines (both off and online) such as Paddock and Autosport.


I have also had work published in my local newspapers and contributed to two eBooks for Richland F1. Alongside F1, I also have experience in sports, gaming, technology, automotive and general news wriitng.

Me and my car

Over the period from 2013 to 2016 I completed internships and work experience placements at Car Throttle, Autosport, Richard James, Wareable and carwow.


Three years after setting up this blog, I made my debut in the F1 paddock at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix for Richland F1 and went on to cover two more races that year - in Germany, Hungary - for the website, as well as the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix and in-season test.


I have also attended numerous media days and events for a variety of publications, including media and launch days for the likes of Sky Sports F1 and Red Bull Racing. I also went to the 2016 London ePrix Formula E as accredited media and covered the Aston Martin/Red Bull AM-RB 001 launch.


I am determined, hard-working, organised and ambitious. I've been called a "workaholic" a few times but always try to find a good balance between writing and having an actual social life. I am also an avid lover of American TV comedies like The Office US, Parks and Recreaction and Modern Family.


When I'm not at my desk typing away, I'm probably supercar spotting, travelling, exploring London, watching The Office US or sat with a bored look on my face on the tube.


As well as F1, I have a broad interest in motorsport, from IndyCar to BTCC (one of my first loves), WRC, MotoGP and NASCAR. I'm also interested in the automotive industry, travel, food, technology, gaming, business, sport (in general) and entertainment. 


To see more about my work, check out the portfolio page. If you need to get in contact with me, please visit this page.

2 comments:

terryjp said...

Well done - keep working hard and you will get rewarded, never anything for nothing - good work

Mlle. Hannah said...

Hi, mate !
I'm a female American F1 fan who wants to be an F1 engineer, and all I can say for you is, keep up the good work. :)
Your blog is awesome, by the way. ;D