Airspeeder: There has never been a more exciting time to be innovating within motorsport. Tell us in summary what it is you are doing and where have you come from?
Rob Smedley: I’ve worked in Formula 1 for more than 25 years for a variety of teams. Today I split my time between being the Director of Data Systems for Formula One Management and the work I do with the Smedley Group of companies.
On the F1 side, after many years frontline, I wanted to do something more purpose-driven and with a focus on the governance of the sport. I’m particularly trying to channel how the teams use data to tell the F1 story to engage a younger fanbase. I’m enjoying the challenge of taking a huge and massively successful sport and bringing in new fans while maintaining the DNA.
The other side of this purpose is to create a motorsport ecosystem through the Smedley Group. We’ve reasoned that taking a holistic approach rather than focusing on one small area of motorsport would enable us to make a more positive change in the sport. For example, the focus of our work with Total Karting is very much aligned to the faster, fairer, cheaper, cleaner mantra that will bring many more young people into motorsports at a grassroots level.