Jennifer is our team coordinator and is responsible for all logistics and travels. Born in New Zealand, she has been in motorsport for quite some time, on different continents. She has a degree in Marketing and International Business, but she also mentions this isn’t really the degree you need for this job. Her job can be very unpredictable, especially looking at the 2020 season where everything got on hold for some months.
Together with her partner David, also a Kiwi, they made their way from New Zealand to Europe. She began working in the Toyota Racing Series selling merchandise, and started on a voluntary basis. Jennifer mainly wanted to help out and meet people, which is what she did. She met the championship’s Events Manager and quickly started to assist her. After getting experience in Indycar and GTs, she ended up in the Netherlands when MP Motorsport expanded to FIA Formula 3.
“Knowing more languages will only be helping you more and make it easier for you to get a job.”
‘I think the most important thing when you want to work in motorsport is knowing multiple languages. You should definitely be able to speak English, because it is the main language spoken in motorsport. Knowing more languages will only be helping you more and make it easier for you to get a job.’
Another important thing is building a good network. ‘Getting into motorsport is hard. Once you’re in there you are fine, but motorsport seems like an exclusive bubble that is mostly using people from within the bubble when job opportunities open up. I get a lot of messages on LinkedIn and other social media channels asking me how I got the job or if I know any job opportunities. That is how I also started, messaging different team principals asking if I can help with anything. When people start recognizing your face in the paddock because you either work hard or help out with different things or stand out in a specific job, it will only get easier.’
One tip Jennifer would like to give to people who want to start working in motorsport is to not aim for your dream job immediately. ‘I started washing dishes, and now I am a team coordinator. It is way harder to go for that Formula 1 dream job if you have zero experience within motorsport or not a network. Try volunteering at events or start messaging teams in feeder series, they are mostly easier to get in because the teams aren’t as big as F1 teams, or get in contact with the right person. Via this way you’re building both a network and experience.’