Welcome, to my final blog post of 2018. It has been a pretty good year with me being able to attend more race weekends then ever before, visit events as accredited media that I had previously only ever dreamed of, oh and there was the day where I travelled to and from Switzerland all within 12 hours. In this blog post, I will reminisce and reflect on my key motorsport highlights from the year and give an honest review of my experiences and any corny life lessons I might have learnt along the way. If you are patient, you can also read about a new project I will be tackling in 2019. It is something that has been in the works since the summer and I am so happy to be sharing it with you all now as we approach the new year and welcome new beginnings. Anyway, enough waffling – I have made myself a huge mug of tea and am ready to confess all from my year in motorsport.
You asked, I answered. Hope you enjoy this quick question and answer session. If you have any more questions, ask away through my Twitter account (@katyfairman) and I will try and get back to them!
Yesterday marked a year since the concept of the Electric GT World Series was announced. The championship is to be the first zero emissions super car GT international series, with plans to use a version of the Tesla Model S and its first season predicted to start as soon as this year. One year on from the all-electric championship being confirmed, I caught up with Electric GT’S CEO Mark Gemmell to find out how preparation for the series is going, why he wanted to create an Electric GT Championship and what the future may hold for electric cars in both motorsport and the motoring industry.
When planning what I wanted to bring to this blog in 2017, the idea of diary entries was something that stuck with me. With platforms such as Twitter and Instagram allowing users to post their opinions and achievements, it can often feel like you know an individual and as a result enjoy following their experiences. This was one of the reasons I wanted to start the series ‘My Motorsport Month’: a series of monthly diary entries in which I will share with you what I have been up to and possible content from this website that you might have missed.
Day Four of my advent calendar is here. Today’s edition is with motorsport journalist Carrie Mathieson. Covering Formula 1, Formula E and often posting interviews with women in motorsport, Carrie is one of the brightest talents in motor racing journalism.
Taking a look back at her year here on katyfairman.wordpress.com, Carrie discusses her year of travels with the FIA Formula E Championship, as well as her advice for any aspiring journalists who wish to get into motorsport journalism.
You sent me questions, I answered. Simple.
Q: Now that you have been out to a few a Grand Prix, what was the biggest thing that took you by surprise?
A: Without a doubt, the elevation changes on the racetracks.
Obviously visiting Belgium, I have been lucky enough to experience Eau Rogue in all its beautiful glory. It is evidently steep and is made a fuss of every time a racing series is held at the special track. However the elevation changes in locations like in Budapest and Monaco are also high but aren’t given nearly enough attention. Walking up the sidewalk from Sainte Devote to Beau Rivage was a challenge – simple as.The same goes for Hungary. From turn three into turn four is mega to use the most technical term.