Successful Formula One Team McLaren mechanic, broadcaster, sports journalist, and author
A successful Formula One mechanic, broadcaster, and author, Marc Priestley worked as a pitstop crew member and in team management for McLaren Racing for more than a decade. He has stood in the pitlane watching a car approach at motorway speeds, only to stop within centimeters of where he stood. He and his team, working together in perfect synchronicity, would then change tyres in less than three seconds to get the car back into the race.
His time at McLaren saw Marc Priestley become one of the team’s most experienced pit crew members. He undertook every conceivable job pertaining to racing cars. His experiences give him a unique perspective with regard to analysing the various dynamics associated with teamwork, communication, management, and strategy when under pressure. Amongst the lengthy list of drivers and world champions he has worked with, he includes the likes of Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, and Mika Hakkinen.
After leaving the racing circuit, Marc Priestley successfully embarked on a new career. He is a popular journalist and broadcaster who has written for various websites and magazines. He currently serves as a commentator and pundit for various sports broadcasters including the BBC and Sky Sports.
In 2014, Marc Priestley became involved in ITV’s presentation team for the coverage of the Formula E electric racing series. He has become adept at speaking about electric vehicle technology and the general disruptive concept of electric vehicles.
Besides his regular broadcasting, Mark Priestley is the successful author of “The Mechanic”. The book gives unique insights into the behind-the-scenes workings of a racing team, as well as anecdotes and insights into achieving successful results.
As a conference speaker, Marc Priestley shares his experiences and knowledge with businesses worldwide. He offers unique insights into diverse areas that include rapid productivity, teamwork, data analysis for strategy optimization, and marginal gains. He lives in the UK and presents in English.