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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 Digital Presenter for Formula 1’s official channels.

Buxton was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1981 but grew up in Malvern. A chorister at Worcester Cathedral in his youth, he moved to the south of England and attended the Lord Wandsworth and Farnborough Sixth Form Colleges in Hampshire. He began his career as a journalist while still an undergraduate, cutting 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 in 2001.

On graduation in 2002, 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.

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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 was invited to be a part of the NBCSN broadcast team on a number of its Indycar races as well as 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.

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In 2018 Buxton returned to his first home as he took up a position within the official Formula 1 family for the first time in almost 15 years, becoming the sport’s first Digital Presenter. In a season which saw him attend his 200th Formula 1 and 400th career race, he also completed his first book, due for release in 2019.

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