Top 10 Crazy Pre-F1 Careers

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For some, the road to F1 had some unexpected turns along the way - here's a look at some of the more unusual jobs drivers had before securing their places on the grid...
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  • formulafan


    10 ore fa

    asdwegfwes.... anyways formula video + listening to the music I like (Delta Parole, Metallica and other) make me feel the speed and excitement!

  • Gerard Jaleo

    Gerard Jaleo

    Giorno fa

    Wasn't Adrian Sutil or Timo Glock a bricklayer?

  • Melchor Vincent Agot

    Melchor Vincent Agot

    Giorno fa

    How has no F1 driver become a drifter? I mean like Formula 1 to Formula Drift...

  • astroandyborgloh


    Giorno fa

    Slim Borgudd: First drumming, then F1. Lando 2021: the other way round :-)

  • John Jones

    John Jones

    2 giorni fa

    9:32 - "Results are the name of the game". I see what you did there. LOL

  • MiD.Life. Crisis

    MiD.Life. Crisis

    4 giorni fa

    Wow. Banking. Crazy career.

  • Railway Rambler

    Railway Rambler

    5 giorni fa

    1:16 It’s pronounced Ed-nim not Ed-nam

  • 藍戰士Kit Kit Chan Isaac

    藍戰士Kit Kit Chan Isaac

    6 giorni fa

    bet nobody who works in that bank knows that one of their colleague is actually a F1 driver

  • A L

    A L

    7 giorni fa

    Did not expect to see my step dad at number one 😄

  • Thomas Roth

    Thomas Roth

    7 giorni fa

    Timo Glock - scaffolder. Finished his apprenticeship exam as the best in the State of Hesse that year

  • Icecream Inc

    Icecream Inc

    8 giorni fa

    missed opportunity... Murray Walker, THE voice of formula 1. A Tank commander during WW2, Captain Graeme Murray Walker. He then followed his fathers footsteps as a motorcycle racer. And of course entered broadcasting to which the rest is history.

  • Arne Heeringa

    Arne Heeringa

    8 giorni fa

    Sir Nigel looks incredibly like Sir Algernon Lee Guiness

  • dimych 555

    dimych 555

    9 giorni fa


  • Jensen Diecast

    Jensen Diecast

    10 giorni fa

    Hi mate, you were going too quick into that corner. Here’s a ticket.

  • Doctor Kaz

    Doctor Kaz

    10 giorni fa

    Medicine go brrr - Dr. Jonathan Palmer.

  • Aberama Gold

    Aberama Gold

    11 giorni fa

    Kimi was a motivational speaker before he became an F1 driver.

  • Aberama Gold

    Aberama Gold

    11 giorni fa

    ABBA's drummer, Slim Borgudd, was also an F1 driver?
    --> insert cheesy line from an ABBA song here.

    How did I not know this?
    Is it common knowledge and I'm just out of the loop?
    Is it not a well known fact?
    Does nobody care?

  • Kayden Addley

    Kayden Addley

    11 giorni fa

    Them guys are great drivers

  • Michelle Schu-blacka

    Michelle Schu-blacka

    11 giorni fa

    I miss Kamui Kobayashi.
    He was great! ... Drift King of F1

  • Michelle Schu-blacka

    Michelle Schu-blacka

    11 giorni fa

    I miss Kamui Kobayashi.
    He was great! ... Drift King of F1

  • GRiiZZ


    12 giorni fa

    Kvyat: Former Russian ICBM Missile

  • brodeur212


    12 giorni fa

    I am pre f1 career

  • llama0wn3d


    12 giorni fa

    Wait a second, Grosjean left F1 at the end of 2020?! I mean I don’t blame him for retiring after he escaped from the Bahrain fireball but to casually drop that into the narration..

  • Jacob Massey

    Jacob Massey

    12 giorni fa

    I can't picture Grosean working in a bank with that hair 😂

  • Tommi Weck

    Tommi Weck

    13 giorni fa

    "the Dentist" sounds like a serial killer

  • andy chen

    andy chen

    13 giorni fa

    worst f1 'commentator', i can imagine her reading this from her lame ipod. She is lame and lacks any personality. No driver seems to like or respect her.

  • paul jones

    paul jones

    14 giorni fa

    Jonathan Palmer has done more for motorsport in the UK than probably anybody else ever has, and has received little to no recognition for it. If you’ve ever been to an MSV track (Oulton, Brands, Cadwell, Snetterton) you’ll know they are some of the best tracks in the country. All this and he’s saved lives as a doctor, If anyone deserves a knighthood it’s him.

  • Fabreeze_27


    14 giorni fa

    Maybe it's not that clear from the video, but coachbuilding was such a business in the Farina family that Giuseppe's uncle founded Pininfarina

  • Samuel Suen

    Samuel Suen

    14 giorni fa

    Sebastian Bourdais pre F1 career: 4 Champ Car World Series Champion

  • Sam Carpenter

    Sam Carpenter

    14 giorni fa

    Mansell: "Excuse me sir, my moustache would like to have a word with you."

  • y1521t21b5


    15 giorni fa

    And what's your story, _Rosanna Tennant?_ ;-)

  • szewei1985


    15 giorni fa

    Haha cool

  • Hammed Taiwo

    Hammed Taiwo

    15 giorni fa


  • Ryan King

    Ryan King

    15 giorni fa

    Grosjean really left f1 with a bang

  • Reece Kersten

    Reece Kersten

    15 giorni fa

    What about Kimis military career?

  • Funky Fox

    Funky Fox

    15 giorni fa

    Kobayashi deserved more in Formula One

  • K.R. Koushik

    K.R. Koushik

    15 giorni fa

    Kevin Magnussen?

  • Franco Viejo

    Franco Viejo

    15 giorni fa

    Fangio was just a mechanic in his natal Balcarce.

  • svwoli


    15 giorni fa

    When the Speaker reads the Birth City of Heinz Harald Frenzen...

  • Chris A. Nylander

    Chris A. Nylander

    15 giorni fa

    I always imagine that Clair Williams is doing the voiceover

  • Shaun Van de velde

    Shaun Van de velde

    15 giorni fa

    Going from farmer to f1 racer. Havest at 10 km/u to racing at 300km/h wow

  • Bujf vjg

    Bujf vjg

    15 giorni fa

    Jim Clark is still the most gifted driver, the feel he had and his calmness in torrential conditions....Go watch any of his onboard cameras, when tracks like Spa had no rumble strips and Jim hits the apex 1mm from the grass bank!

  • Tj930


    15 giorni fa


  • Renrane


    15 giorni fa

    5:40 what track is this

  • Samuel Jiménez

    Samuel Jiménez

    15 giorni fa

    Is that Rosanna Tennant commentating these?



    15 giorni fa

    forgot Valtteri Bottas

  • szatan nieprawdopodobny

    szatan nieprawdopodobny

    15 giorni fa

    So it’s pronounced AYERTON not ARTON?

  • R K

    R K

    16 giorni fa

    I don’t remember Borgudd as a driver, but I definitely remember the ABBA name on the car when I was a kid.

  • Reza MM

    Reza MM

    16 giorni fa

    Why does the narrator pronounce Ayrton as "Ayarton"? First time I heard it said that way. It's like saying Arton or Erton, right?

  • Mike Pod

    Mike Pod

    16 giorni fa

    any1 know the song/ instramental????

  • Brian Ligat

    Brian Ligat

    16 giorni fa

    After becominf F1 champ in 92, Mansell won US Indycar championship in 93, briefly holding both titles at the same time. Well done Nige.

  • Nawza Richter

    Nawza Richter

    16 giorni fa

    - 'Hey Doc, I'm about to deliver my baby!'
    - 'Well, I'm in the middle of the race!'

  • Dukeman


    16 giorni fa

    I miss Jaime Alguersuari.

  • Adam Petten

    Adam Petten

    16 giorni fa

    Greatest Japanese driver also a comedian. Being replaced by Gutierrez was quite a joke.

  • Stephen Tuthill

    Stephen Tuthill

    16 giorni fa

    Can you imagine Kobi-crashy telling jokes... Would be interesting to see a video.

  • Tommy Parry

    Tommy Parry

    16 giorni fa

    Those ABBA puns hurt me.

  • Senex Avis

    Senex Avis

    16 giorni fa

    I always though Jim Clark was a former soldier.

  • Maxi F

    Maxi F

    16 giorni fa


  • Gregor3000


    16 giorni fa

    Soooo, we're just going to ignore the fact that Farina was a soldier for an army led by a fascist? 🤣

  • Assassin 4056

    Assassin 4056

    16 giorni fa

    Plot twist Roman stole money from the bank

  • Matt Zegarski

    Matt Zegarski

    16 giorni fa

    Denny Hulme gets a lot of face time in this.

  • Miguel


    16 giorni fa

    Well regular people, not like now, sons of...



    16 giorni fa

    I don't think there is one entry on this list where I look and then think "Wait, WHAT?" and thats just the ones I know now. Can't wait to see the crazy paths that the others had prior to Formula 1.
    Also: wow, don't even reconize Romain Grojean being clean shaven and with all that hair. Wouldn't look out of place in the 70s.

  • TundeTheEpic


    16 giorni fa

    Heinz Harald’s life was so scary.. imagine being a mortician.



      16 giorni fa

      In a morbid way, its very ironic that being an F1 driver is what he ended up going after working for a funeral Home.

  • Sean Kirk

    Sean Kirk

    16 giorni fa

    That Lotus was a Fast car

  • Mouloud Meddi

    Mouloud Meddi

    16 giorni fa

    Okay I'll work for a bank and find a way to robbe it then spend the money on F1 career. SmArT

  • sirbentel


    16 giorni fa

    Imagine eating bread that Jim Clark harvested for

  • Paul Hayes

    Paul Hayes

    16 giorni fa

    Love the use of stock photos, just in case we didn't understand what some of the professions involved...

  • Tom Buijs

    Tom Buijs

    16 giorni fa

    Imagine being max verstappen's driving instructor (he was in F1 before even having his regular driving license)

  • dave41184


    16 giorni fa

    Damon Hill was a motorcycle dispatch rider before turning to cars

  • Rice n Beans

    Rice n Beans

    16 giorni fa

    Rumor has it Dave Chappelle is racing for McLaren next year.

  • Mads Schäfer

    Mads Schäfer

    16 giorni fa

    "Took a chance on him"... See what you did there👀

  • Yoshi Millan

    Yoshi Millan

    16 giorni fa

    I have never heard Kamui is stand up comedian. Although, he was born Amagasaki city as one of funniest city in Japan.

  • Connor Maze

    Connor Maze

    16 giorni fa

    Max Verstappen: Child

  • Re-Mecs


    16 giorni fa

    "Enforcing speed limits on the Isle of man".......ilse of man has no speed limits

    • Thomas Roth

      Thomas Roth

      7 giorni fa

      Not outside town, but there are speedlimits in the towns and those are strictly enforced

  • Mikke_13


    16 giorni fa

    Keke Rosberg worked at some gas station in Finland... Well Keke fuelled my grandpa's motorcycle once

  • R. Erdkamp

    R. Erdkamp

    16 giorni fa


  • Theodor Dinu

    Theodor Dinu

    16 giorni fa

    Tony Brooks: Qualifying at 14.00, root canal treatment at 17.00

  • themasqueradingcow91


    16 giorni fa

    NGL, I appreciate Romain G a lot more now. Working hard to make it in modern F1 rather than relying on sponsorships or family with deep pockets

  • King Samson

    King Samson

    16 giorni fa

    What about Timo "Gerüstebauer" Glock?

  • Thomas Kloos

    Thomas Kloos

    16 giorni fa

    Formula One's idea of a 'crazy' career:

    • Mike Pod

      Mike Pod

      16 giorni fa

      farmers are different breed brah

  • JC Gabriel

    JC Gabriel

    16 giorni fa

    How about another early F1 driver, Johnny Claes? He is first, a member of a Jazz band, playing the trumpet. The he later led his own band, named "Clay Pigeons". In fact, his first contact with motorsport is when he served as an interpreter for the British drivers at the 1947 French GP!

  • Artur Kinzel

    Artur Kinzel

    16 giorni fa

    Title: Pre-F1 Careers
    Video: F1 careers highlights

  • Роман Сычев

    Роман Сычев

    16 giorni fa

    Lance Stroll: Billionaire's son

  • CiA


    16 giorni fa

    Romain should have stayed at the bank. He could have done even more damage.

  • Armchair Racer

    Armchair Racer

    16 giorni fa

    I learned so much in this video. I had no idea they had dentists in the UK 😁

  • Jusmin #28

    Jusmin #28

    16 giorni fa

    Wow, Kamui Comedian

  • Dani Gonzalez

    Dani Gonzalez

    16 giorni fa

    Nigel Mansell is a true legend. He sold everything he had to get some races.
    He also won Indycar in 1993 in his debut year winning in his debut race and holding F1+Indycar titles at the time. Plus the guy raced LeMans 24h with a small team with his sons Greg and Leo in 2010 and he bought a Karting Track (i pressume where he started racing).

    • David O Rodriguez

      David O Rodriguez

      7 giorni fa

      I got to high five him after he qualified on pole (just edging out Paul Tracy) at the 1993 Long Beach Grand Prix when he raced in CART.

  • Mike B

    Mike B

    16 giorni fa

    Just came for some interesting facts but got talked down to by the voice over lady

  • Harmless Gaming

    Harmless Gaming

    16 giorni fa

    Am i the only one who saw Walter White in the thumbnail?

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator

    16 giorni fa

    Frentzen aka “The undertaker”

  • l S

    l S

    16 giorni fa

    Because it is freaking crazy expensive to break it in any racing scene, but one also has to have that enthusiasm as well to keep pursuing that given it's such a perilous career.

  • fdzaviation


    16 giorni fa

    What about Niki and his Airline gig?

  • Ömer Faruk Çabuk

    Ömer Faruk Çabuk

    17 giorni fa

    Awesome content. Thank you F1 media team!

  • Shibe


    17 giorni fa

    5:53 fella in the background looks like a very unimpressed knock-off Mr Bean

  • Shige


    17 giorni fa

    Kamui's former occupation was comedian? I doubt it's true. Just he wanted to be.

  • Masato Kubota

    Masato Kubota

    17 giorni fa

    Kamui just wanted to become a stand-up comedian lol
    His local star “Down Town (Duo comedian)” is still popular in Japan!!

  • Bagas Aria

    Bagas Aria

    17 giorni fa

    Imagine Heinz Harald Frentzen got an accident and his family got profit

    I'm sorry

  • Billiamiscool


    17 giorni fa

    I'm surprised neither Fangio nor Perry McCarthy were mentioned. Fangio was a bus driver, and McCarthy painted the legs of oil rigs

  • BigBoomKhan


    17 giorni fa

    If Nigel Mansell wasn't an F1 driver, the first thing I would have thought of was policeman and turns out he was constable, how appropriate.

    • Dani Gonzalez

      Dani Gonzalez

      16 giorni fa

      Wait as also he was a semi-professional Golfer when at F1. And having an Aerospacial Enginerring title, that probably would've been