An FIA and World Series by Renault/Renault Sports Series accredited journalist with experience working in single-seater paddocks for online media publications, Katie Grimmett is rapidly rising through the ranks of motorsport writing. Perhaps best known for her work with Crash.net and Autosport, please find below, a list of Katie’s experiences. Any questions can be sent to Katie on Twitter or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2012-present: Editor of stoodonthepodium blog
All experience has grown from the blog, stoodonthepodium which started in September 2012 as a place for motorsport fans to find the latest news, updates and unique interviews including John Surtees, OBE, Stoffel Vandoorne, Kevin Magnussen and more. This is also a place to share diaries from the paddock and behind the scenes features.
July 2013 – January 2015: F1 Columnist, F1Plus
An occasional columnist over at F1plus.com, I wrote lengthy feature articles about an array of different topics including the history of Spa-Francorchamps, Jim Clark and pay drivers. There, I combined my knowledge of young racers with my love of Formula 1’s history to create detailed and analytical arguments. With F1Plus, I made my F1 paddock debut at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The site changed name to GPRacingPlus shortly after my departure and is no longer viewable online. You can read about my experience in the Hungarian Grand Prix paddock at: and enjoy a plethora of historical and contemporary subject matters here.
September 2013 – present: FR3.5/FV8 3.5 Reporter, Freelancer and Paddock Representative, Crash.net
Following the racing circus around Europe as Crash.net’s Formula Renault 3.5 Reporter, making editorial decisions regarding the championship’s coverage. Providing news and commentary on the F1 feeder series whilst gaining exclusives with the likes of Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz Jr and Will Stevens before they made their débuts for McLaren, Toro Rosso and Caterham respectively. When appropriate, stories can also be found on the F1 portion of the site. For all FR3.5 work, see Crash’s dedicated page here.
May 2014 – present: Member of the AUTOSPORT talent development programme
Following an invitation to join the programme by deputy editor Matt Beer in early 2014, I have been learning under the guidance of AUTOSPORT’s experienced journalists in a manner of topics and styles. Styles include live commentary, feature writing, shorter features and news reports. Topics and championships include Formula Ford 1600, Formula 1, WEC and BTCC. This experience has led to some published and behind the scenes work with Autosport.
July 2015 – present: Press Officer, Driver Club Management
A role which requires press releases for DCM’s Max Defourny – a second generation racer – in the role of Press Officer. This job requires close contact with Defourny, an eye for detail and social media prowess to further aid the Belgian during his race weekend. His progress can be tracked using #DCMStories. A full link can be seen here.
March 2015: Business of F1 Raconteur, The Times supplement
The article paid particular attention to 2015’s F1 rookies, noting pay drivers, development programmes and age as barriers facing the next prominent talents. A digital copy of the report can be read here.
June 2016: MSA Magazine, Summer 2016
A feature for MSA Magazine was written after a day at Dare to be Different (D2BD)’s first headline event from Sandown Park, Esher. The feature article – which can be found on pages 22-24 – focused on the experiences of 100 school girls, those who could well make up the next generation of motorsport professionals. Susie Wolff was the guest editor for this publication.
Autosport International Show press attendance – twice as Official Blogger and once with Autosport – for the annual festivities at Birmingham’s NEC.
Simulator drive at Strakka Racing, reporting on the team’s leading WSR facilities prior to the 2014 Monaco round. My full report can be found here.
2:1, Criminology and Sociology – Royal Holloway, University of London (2013 – 2016)
General Secretary of Criminology Society (2013-14)
Dissertation title: ‘From the Armchair: A Study of the Correlation Between Participatory Journalism, Comment Sections and the Portrayal of Female Athletes in Online Sports Media’