Someone’s got a new job!

Me, very happy with the announcement of my new job at SPEED.
Photo c/o Drew Gibson

Someone’s got a new job… Me! (Oh, and if you can’t tell from the press release, I’m really looking forward to it!)

Here’s the press release:

The familiar faces of Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett once again will lead the SPEED/FOX Sports Formula One broadcast team as SPEED rolls into its 15th year as the exclusive U.S. cable broadcaster of the FIA Formula One World Championship, beginning with live coverage of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 14 at 7:30 a.m. ET. One face, however, will be new to the U.S. viewing audience.

Will Buxton, the 29-year-old founding editor of GPWeek magazine, will report from the grid, replacing Peter Windsor, whose efforts remain focused on his start-up US F1 project.

“First up, I’ve got to admit that I’m just massively excited about the whole thing,” said Buxton, who will join the team shortly after he and wife Emma welcome their first child. “It’s a huge honor to be joining the SPEED team, and in particular to be doing so at the start of what could be an incredible era in the history of Formula 1.

“F1 is a bit of a soap opera at times,” Buxton added. “As a journalist it’s what makes the sport such a joy to report on. There’s always something going on in the background, and I won’t shy away from doing my best to get to the heart of every issue. That said, I don’t think that my job at SPEED is simply to report the news. Far from it. As one of the lucky few who can actually get into the F1 paddock, I think that probably my biggest responsibility is to open it all up to the American fans: to invite them in, sit them down, introduce them to a few people and show them what’s going on. It’s the fans that make this sport, so my job is to give them the access they deserve.”

According to Varsha, the SPEED team is welcoming its newest member with open arms.

“It’s always a good sign when a job interview turns into a ‘bench racing’ session that goes beyond the appointed time,” Varsha said. “That’s what we shared with Will when he visited our SPEED studios. Despite being the youngest member of our lineup, he’s a veteran of television and print with experience of both Formula One and GP2. I look forward to working with him on what should be another thrilling and unpredictable grand prix season.”

Buxton, from Great Britain, served as the GP2 press officer from 2004 to the end of the 2007 season, and was sole communications/media representative for 2006 and 2007 He has been covering single-seater racing (F1, GP2, F2 and F3) since 2002.

Westbury Gillett will fill in for Buxton for the first few races of the season.

In 2010, SPEEDtv.com will increase its Formula One offerings, highlighted by a new fantasy game — SPEED Fantasy Racing: GP Edition — and a selection of video clips from practice, qualifying and race coverage. In addition SPEEDtv.com will introduce an enhanced stats package and continue with RaceCast timing and scoring from all sessions, as well as providing Matchett’s popular post-event “Chalk Talk” wrap-ups.

SPEED will air 15 races live, complete with practice and qualifying coverage, and for the fourth year, FOX will air four consecutive events, beginning with the Canadian Grand Prix, using the same on-air team. Practice and qualifying for those four events will be live on SPEED.

For the full release and TV times click here.

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17 thoughts on “Someone’s got a new job!

  1. Massive congratulations and pats on the back!!!!

    Somebody open a champagne bottle somewhere.

    PS: Don’t forget the blog it rocks

  2. Congrats!
    As a Canadian, I’m a bit disappointed that we can no longer see the Speed coverage as the Canadian provider has had it blocked out.
    See if you can do something about this while you’re there! It can be your first assignment? :)

    Congrats!

  3. Congrats Will. Hope you’ll still have the time to punch out GP Week as well as your blog updates with the extra workload. And I echo Danks thoughts!

  4. Thanks for all your kind words. Means a lot guys!

    As for GPWeek I’m afraid that I have handed in my notice, as I want to dedicate myself to my new role at SPEED and there simply wouldn’t be enough time to give as much as myself as I would want to, to both roles.

    I WILL be continuing with my commentary on GP2 for the FOM world feed, however, and the other aspect of not doing GPWeek means that I will also be able to keep writing the blog a bit more.

    I might put all that into a post actually.

    Thanks for all your support! Awesome stuff. Really stoked.

  5. Two thoughts:

    1) Your younger than me, im 31. Grrrr…
    2) Bloody well done.

    Best of luck with it, sounds like a great job.

  6. I’d like to add my congrats to the list of many. I’ve been following GPWeek since last year and then here as well so it’s great to see a journo moving up in the world. Here’s to the new young generation of journalists, eh?

    Just out of interest, will your new post also involve you covering other motorsport for Speed or just F1? I know Speed like to move their talent around when they’re covering big events like Sebring

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  8. When do you start? Just watched Malaysia and no one on the ground. Saw a speed microphone poked in drivers’ faces but no commentary. ???

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