The future…

Following yesterday’s announcement, I’ve had some lovely messages from you guys and quite a few messages asking what my plans are with regard to the gigs I’ve had over the past few seasons. So I thought I’d just write a quick piece to fill you all in on my plans for the year ahead.

Working for SPEED is a tremendous honour and its a job I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. The guys over in the States have been very understanding about the fact I’m about to become a father, and they’ve given me the first few races off to be with my wife and new baby. As such, I’m due to make my debut on SPEED in Shanghai.

I want to make sure that I give 100% to my new role, and as such I have handed in my notice at GPWeek. I have had the most amazing two years at GPWeek and have taken enormous pride in watching it grow from a concept to a popular and well-read weekly magazine receiving 10 million page hits at its peak in 2009. I want to thank Keith, Chris and all the guys at the magazine for the best couple of seasons and to wish them well for the future, and I hope I’ll still be able to write bits and bobs for them over the season.

I will, however, continue in my role as commentator for FOM on the world feed of the GP2 Asia and GP2 Main Series in 2010. It’s a job which combines well with my new role at SPEED, and I can’t wait to see how the F1 feeder series plays out in 2010 in what will be its sixth season of competition. Should be a thriller!

I’ll be continuing with my blog, and updating it as often as I can… I know it’s not as regularly updated as some of the others, but quite frankly I don’t think you need my opinion on every miniscule happening in this sport. I’ll just give you my views on the stuff that interests me and the stuff I’ve delved into to try and find the real story.

Combined with that, I’m still a freelance journo so I hope to pick up bits and bobs throughout the year, such as the two features in the March issue of F1 Racing mag on Massa and Senna which I hope you all enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Thanks to you all for your continued support, and to all of you in the States who are avid SPEED viewers, don’t hesitate to let me know what you love about this sport and what you want to see from me in paddock and I will do my best to search it out for you and bring you the side of the sport that you want to see.

Overall, I’m really looking forward to the year… as this lovely Q&A conducted by SPEED will hopefully explain…

SPEED: Joining a well-established broadcast team, what do you hope to bring to the table to establish chemistry with Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett?

Buxton: First up, I’ve got to admit that I’m just massively excited about the whole thing. 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. I’ve been a fan of this sport my whole life and have been lucky enough to work within it for the better part of the past decade. I’d like to think that the passion and enthusiasm I have for F1 has come across in what I’ve done in the past and that those traits will define what I bring to the SPEED team both this year and into the future. Working with Bob, David, Steve and all the guys behind the scenes at SPEED is the sort of opportunity you just don’t get every day. And with F1 back in North America at Montreal, a lot of talk about the return of a US Grand Prix and so many young talented American drivers coming through the ranks, it’s a really great time to be joining SPEED.

SPEED: As the literal “eyes and ears” on the ground at each event for SPEED, what type of storylines attract your attention?

Buxton: F1 is a bit of a soap opera at times. 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.

SPEED: Are you doing anything specific to prepare for this new role?

Buxton: I am very aware of the size of the shoes I’m stepping into, but it’s a challenge I can’t wait to take on. I’ve watched Peter at work for many years, and over the past few months have gone back over much of what he produced at SPEED. But I’m not Peter, and I think the only way that I can approach this epic opportunity is to just be myself and bring SPEED’s viewers the side of the sport that I see and that I love. When you look at the majority of driver line-ups on the grid, it’s clear that there’s a new generation sweeping through Formula 1. There’s a vibrancy brought about by a set of people I’ve worked with both in junior formulas and in F1 for many years and with whom I believe I share much in common. It’s a new sport, with a bunch of young drivers who aren’t afraid to speak their minds and tell it like it is. We’re due for an insane season and the start of an incredible new era of competition. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it all on SPEED.

Summerton Talking to USF1

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Jonathan Summerton is in negotiations with the USF1 Team to join it in its inaugural year of F1 in 2010.

The 21 year old American, whose podium at the weekend has moved him up to second position in the Indy Lights Championship, has raced against a number of current F1 racers and testers and fared well against such opposition as Romain Grosjean, Sebastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima.

In an exclusive interview with GPWeek, Summerton is introduced as a leading contender for the USF1 drive next season, and confirmed he was in negotiations with the team.

“I have been in touch with Peter and Ken quite a lot and it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to be,” he says in this week’s GPWeek Magazine. “Hopefully everything comes together with the team and the driver. It would be a dream come true making it to Formula 1 and being able to show that it can be done without a budget, to say the least. The last four years have been a hard push at times to even find a ride and luckily each year I’ve been able to find something. To be able to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport, to be able to race against all those guys I raced against in Formula 3 EuroSeries, and to do it with an American team, too, would be great.”

To read the interview go to www.gpweek.com now and turn to page 28.

What’s in GPWeek Issue 53?

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The latest issue of GPWeek is online now, bringing you all the news from the worlds of Formula 1, MotoGP and the WRC.

In this week’s issue, Dani Pedrosa drives through the pain to win at Laguna Seca, Questions raised over the 2010 F1 entry process, and Raikkonen heads for WRC.

F1 Entries: Questions over FIA bias in deciding 2010 entrants gathers pace.

Ecclestone:
Hitler comments cause outrage.

Manor:
We catch up with John Booth, team boss of the new-for-2010 Manor Grand Prix team.

MotoGP: All the latest news on the Laguna Seca MotoGP from Michael Scott including…

Crashes cause tyre compound questions
Pedrosa takes Honda back to winning ways
Five Minutes with Colin Edwards
Plus all the news and opinion from Laguna Seca

Rally: All the latest from Martin Holmes.

IRC goes to Russia
Raikkonen to compete in WRC Rally Finland
WRC half term season report

Click on the blogroll now to check out this week’s issue.

What’s in GPWeek Issue 52?

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The latest issue of GPWeek is online now, bringing you all the news from the worlds of Formula 1, MotoGP and the WRC.

In this week’s issue, Valentino Rossi takes his 100th victory in a crushing display at Assen, Mikko Hirvonen wins in Poland and takes the WRC title lead… and Formula 1 is still no closer to a solution:

F1 2010 Crisis: Peace deal is agreed… and then falls apart. It’s just another week of F1 politics.

FIA Presidency:
Head to Head – the prospective FIA Presidential candidates.

Dallara:
Linking up with F1 newboys Campos, 2010 sees a return to F1 for design powerhouse Dallara. We talk exclusively with Mr Dallara himself.

Plus all the news from the weekend including F2 and Superleague roundups.

MotoGP: All the latest news from Michael Scott in Assen including…

Rossi becomes a Centurion… but is he F1 bound?
Stoner not a happy chappy with traffic
All the news and views from MotoGP’s Dutch round.

Rally: All the latest from Martin Holmes at Rally Poland

Loeb crashes out… again!
What does the FIA have in store for the future of the WRC?
It’s not a spelling mistake… we talk to Krzysztof Holowczyc

Click on the blogroll now to check out this week’s issue.

What’s in GPWeek Issue 51?

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The latest issue of GPWeek is online now, bringing you all the news from the worlds of Formula 1, MotoGP and the WRC.

In this week’s issue, Formula 1 hits the limiter as FOTA threatens to breakaway in 2010, new teams get left in limbo… oh yeah, and Sebastian Vettel wins the British GP:

F1 2010 Crisis: Division threatened by FOTA. Mosley under pressure to quit.

FIA Meltdown:
Will Buxton on who he thinks should replace the FIA President

Plus all the news from Silverstone including: USF1 looking seriously at Danica, Rejected teams still on standby, and the latest in a thrilling GP2 season.

MotoGP: All the latest news from Michael Scott including…

New Suzuki for Vermuelen
Dovi on top in testing
An in-depth analysis of one of the greatest last laps ever!

Rally: All the latest from the world of Rally from Martin Holmes

Major changes to come at WMSC?
Rally Poland Preview
IRC Update from Ypres

Click on the blogroll now to check out this week’s issue.

What’s in GPWeek Issue 50?

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The latest issue of GPWeek is online now, bringing you all the news from the worlds of Formula 1, MotoGP and the WRC.

In this week’s issue, Rossi takes an incredible win in Spain, Peugeot triumph at Le Mans, Citroen fall to pieces in Greece and Formula 1 continues to go up its own exhaust pipe:

F1 2010 Crisis: The Entry List is out, but nobody’s happy.

Silverstone:
Will Buxton looks back over the circuit’s F1 history as it prepares to host its last Grand Prix.

Five minutes with Toro Rosso rookie Sebastien Buemi.

24 Heures du Mans: Peugeot Walks to 2009 Victory with 908 TDi

MotoGP: All the latest news from Michael Scott in Barcelona including…

Rossi wins breathtaking Catalan GP at the final corner!
Simoncelli to Honda?
Rossi talks about the Isle of Man TT

Rally: All the latest from the world or Rally from Martin Holmes at the Acropolis Rally

Loeb’s lead down to seven points as Hirvonen wins.
Rally GB Future: The latest
Six-way battle for organisation of French Rally

Click on the blogroll now to check out this week’s issue.

What’s in GPWeek Issue 49?

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The latest issue of GPWeek is online now, bringing you all the news from the worlds of Formula 1, MotoGP and the WRC.

In this week’s issue:

F1 2010 Crisis: As the Entry Announcement looms, we look into the very latest after the Turkish Grand Prix.

Turkish Grand Prix: Button takes his sixth win of the season in the “perfect” car.

GP2: Petrov leaps into the title lead as Grosjean falls apart.

MotoGP: All the latest news from Michael Scott including…

Latest on Pedrosa injury
Five Minutes with Marco Melandri
Feature on 2-wheeled punishments

Rally: All the latest from the world or Rally with Martin Holmes

Rally Australia Under Water
Green Rallying Experiment
Acropolis Rally Preview

Click on the blogroll now to check out this week’s issue.