I covered Formula One for the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and International New York Times from 1993 to the end of the 2016 season, attending and covering nearly 300 Formula One Grand Prix races around the world over the last more than 20 years since my first article about the series in 1993. My passion began when as a child of 9 I attended with my father the first Canadian Grand Prix, at Mosport in 1967.
My passion grew as I absorbed European racing culture after moving to France in 1983, where I made driving go-karts and other racing machines a weekend hobby. F1 is about much more than what happens on the track, so my broad journalistic background of nearly 30 years of writing on a variety of related subjects, from technology to business to entertainment, informs my F1 reporting. In 2006 at the IHT I created the first F1 blog by a regular F1 reporter. In 2009 the blog became the F1 blog of The New York Times at Nytimes.com for several years. I also created, wrote and maintained the Formula 1 site for About.com for six years, from 2006 to 2012. I have appeared on TV as an F1 expert on Eurosport, CNN, Al-Jazeera and L’Equipe TV. In 2008 I was voted Journalist of the Year in the annual Red Bulletin awards for the year’s outstanding paddock people, from teams and drivers to caterers and journalists.
In 2017, following the closing of the New York Times’ international edition in Paris, I decided to set out on my own road – or should it be “track” – as a writer, filmmaker and musician, tying together better than before all of my passions, and finally being freed up to write on all of the subjects that make up my multiple interests, on this blog. Until then, most of the blog was about my passion for music and performing in open mics around the world at the same time as I followed the races. But starting in 2017 the blog will finally live up to its original statement of being “A world of music, auto racing, travel, literature, chess, wining, dining and other crazy thoughts….”
This auto racing section will consist of both the best stories from my personal archive of my long journalistic career in auto racing, as well as new contributions, and never-before-seen-or-heard tidbits from the past, like my first ever one-on-one interview with Michael Schumacher in the 1990s at a Monza test day.
When I ran away from home at 18 to join a traveling circus, it did not take long to decide it was not the life for me. Years later, however, while firmly established as a Formula One reporter, I realized that I had come full-circle: For it is as a circus that Formula 1 people refer to their traveling road show, with its motor homes, paddock and daring acrobat drivers. But it was certainly the competition, business and technology elements of the sport and the pursuit of perfection that made racing the lifelong passion for me that it has remained.