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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 during my school years 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 journalism might be a good fit for me, 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

After finishing my GCSEs, I had a bit of spare time on my hands and started to think about what I wanted to do with my life. Because I loved writing and F1, I decided to combine my passions and make my first step on the road to journalism. I set up a blog.


This was a place for me to develop my skills, share my thoughts and get a start in this big, broad media environment. It grew rapidly - I still can't believe how quickly it took off - and has had a massive impact on the progression of my career, as I then picked up free writing work and started building up a portfolio. Eventually this led to paid freelancing. 


I now freelance for Motorsport Week, Car Throttle and WTF1, alongside motorsport media giant Autosport - where I am a member of its Autosport Academy - and the F1 Strategy Report (which does what it says on the tin).


Other sites my work has been published on include: F1 Fanatic, Wareable, About.com, eBay, Bloggers' Lounge and SPEED.com. I have been featured in magazines such as Motorsport Monday, Paddock and Autosport, as well as in local newspapers and two Richland F1 eBooks.  

Alongside F1, I also have experience in sports, gaming, entertainment, technology, automotive and general news writing. I have a broad interest in motorsport, from IndyCar to BTCC, WRC to NASCAR. Over the period from 2013 to 2016 I completed internships and work experience placements at Car Throttle, Autosport, Richard James, Wareable and carwow.

Me and my car

For several years I was one of the lead writers for Richland F1, a site I represented in the F1 paddock four times - three in 2014 (Austria, Germany, Hungary) and one in 2015 (Spain). I have also been accredited for the 2016 London ePrix for Grand Prix Times (now Motorsport Week) and have attended many media days and events hosted by the likes of Sky Sports, Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin.

I am a friendly, hard-working, organised and ambitious person, who has been called a "workaholic" several times. But I always try and find a good balance, so when I'm not working, I can probably be found supercar spotting, exploring new places, eating good (but unhealthy) food and watching my favourite American TV comedies - probably The Office US, Parks and Recreaction and Modern Family.


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