Will Buxton is a freelance motorsport journalist with a decade and a half’s experience at the highest levels of his sport, and is the current Formula 1 pit reporter for NBC and NBCSN in the United States of America.
Buxton began his career as a journalist while still at University. He cut his teeth covering the University of Leeds (UK) Formula Student team, and whilst writing his Political Studies Thesis on “The Politics of Formula 1” began writing monthly feature articles for Joe Saward at www.grandprix.com.
On graduation, Buxton was given his first break into full-time journalism by David Tremayne at Formula 1 Publishing’s Official Formula 1 Magazine. Buxton was employed as Staff Writer at the magazine until its closure in February 2004, at which point he embarked on a season as a freelance hack. Taking the old school route, Buxton decided to spend the 2004 season living in a campervan, driving from race to race and staying in the fan campsites at every European F1 event that year. It was to be an unforgettable experience and one which still shapes his writing style.
At the end of 2004 Buxton was offered the role of Press Officer for the newly formed GP2 Series. He leapt at the chance and after one year in the job was promoted to Director of Communications for the championship. He stayed with GP2 until the end of the 2007 season, when an opportunity to return to his first love of journalism arose.
In 2008 Buxton returned to full-time journalism as Editor of the newly launched GPWeek virtual magazine. Under Buxton’s Editorship the magazine quickly established itself as a reliable and entertaining source of motorsports news and in two years under his guidance went from being a concept to a hugely popular weekly magazine with 10 million page hits at its peak in 2009, before his departure for a move into television at the end of the season.
Also in 2009, Buxton started providing commentary for the world feed of the GP2 and GP2 Asia Series for Formula One Management. His work came to the attention of SPEED channel and in 2010 he was appointed the channel’s new pit reporter, making his debut for the station at the fourth round of the championship in China after taking the first three rounds off to be at home for the birth of his daughter. After three hugely enjoyable and successful seasons with SPEED, the broadcast rights for Formula 1 moved to NBC for the 2013 season, where he was invited to continue his role as F1 pit reporter as the sport began its new life on NBC and NBCSN. In addition to his work in the Formula 1 pitlane, Will has also been invited to be a part of the NBCSN broadcast team on a number of its Indycar races.
Buxton is a fully accredited Journalist and attends every Formula 1 Grand Prix. At the F1 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he made his first appearance as the interviewer in the televised Formula 1 press conference and in 2010 added to his FOM commentary duties by taking on the role as commentator for the world feed of the newly established GP3 series, alongside his GP2 and SPEED work.
In 2015 he passed the GP2 and GP3 baton to the next generation, to fully focus on expanding his F1 role for NBC Sports. Since 2013 his role on NBC has grown from the role of pitlane reporter to include hosting and presenting a number of popular and successful series, including “Paddock Pass”, “The Road to…” and “Off the Grid,” as NBC took Formula 1 viewing figures in the United States to record levels.
Buxton also acts as compere, host and interviewer for official Formula 1 Fan Events and sponsor functions, in addition to acting as a regular racing pundit across global networks.