About Me

From my beginnings as a PR assistant for an international rally team in Germany, to moving to the UK to gain my first experience in single-seater racing and becoming the F1 Press Delegate and spokeswoman for the motorsport governing body based in France, to setting up my own agency specializing in motorsports media and public relations, that is my 25+ years’ career in international motorsports in a nutshell.

If you rather listen than read, check out the podcast I have done with Ryan Hunt for Formula Access.

My first steps in motorsports PR


Nothing predestined me for a career in motorsports. I got my first job in this field completely by accident in the mid-nineties, as somehow, I convinced Toyota’s World Rally Championship team (TTE) at the time to give me a job as a press and PR assistant. The first few weeks were intense as I had to learn everything about rallies and racing. I stayed with the team for several years until they were found cheating and got banned from rallying by the FIA, the world governing body for motorsports. A few years later, when I had become the Formula One Press Delegate for the FIA, I told Max Mosley the story. He found it very funny.

My first contact with single-seater racing and Formula One in London


But before I could tell Max the story, I moved to the UK as I had been offered a job as an account manager at an international motorsports PR agency. I learned a lot, from media accreditation and running media centers at a race weekend to developing and executing PR campaigns for sponsors or race circuits. In addition, the agency had clients in a multitude of series, from ITC via GT to Formula 1 so I gained a lot of experience how different series work. These were interesting times, and living abroad for the first time after having been born and bred in Germany was a dream come true for the linguist that I am at heart (and by initial training).

Moving on to … Paris and the FIA


In 2004,  the FIA, the international motorsport federation, contacted me to offer a job at their Paris Headquarters  covering for a maternity leave in their WRC Department. As rallying had no secrets for me after my time at Toyota Team Europe, I accepted. It was great renewing with old contacts and familiar faces in rallying. I also really liked the FIA communication team, so the six months flew by. At the end, they wanted me to stay– as their Formula One Press Delegate! I had seen former press delegates in that role when I was working for the National Press Team at Formula One races before, so I didn’t really fancy the role – and said no! Luckily for me, they insisted and after setting a few ground rules, I accepted. I started my role for the 2005 season.

Being the FIA Formula One Press Delegate


It was one of the best professional decisions I have ever made. Admittedly, it was a steep learning curve again. The role might be best described as a buffer between the FIA and the media, trying to find a common ground between the official rules and what the media needs. One tough role to be in. I was responsible for the national media staff, overall media accreditation, and the correct running of all media facilities at every Formula One race worldwide. Moreover, there was the official part as the FIA F1 spokesperson, and in any spare time, I was running the usual PR activities too. I worked with and met some fascinating people, and I became a master of crisis communication with several ‘Gates’ still (in)famous to this day: Spy-Gate, Lie-Gate, Singapore-Gate and, most poignant of them all, Mosley-Gate. I also had to deal with several serious accidents on track and relay the facts to the media.

Leading Pirelli’s communication for their return to F1


After six years as the F1 Press Delegate and Communication Manager for the FIA, I got offered another interesting job. Pirelli was looking for their Head of F1 Communication to develop and implement their PR strategy as they were returning to Formula One after 20 years. I accepted the role because it was another challenge. To build a communication strategy for the sole tyre supplier in F1 (and in any other series) isn’t easy. Why? In a nutshell, because when the driver wins, it is thanks to him and the team, and when he loses, it is due to the tyres… I still managed to come up with interesting PR opportunities, the tyre fitting challenge of Pirelli’s Sporting Director at the time, Paul Hembery, against 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel being just one of them. I also steered the company through a very difficult third year when there was a serious issue with several tyres exploding, most notably at the 2013 British Grand Prix.

Setting up my PR agency


I stayed with Pirelli for four years, but after having travelled the world with Formula One for nearly 15 years, I decided that I had seen enough of airports and hotels. That’s when I started my own company, AS Sports Communication, in 2016. In the year before I had already successfully launched Lingua Communicators, a communication and language agency specializing in communication strategies adapted to German, French, and English-speaking markets as well as language services such as translations.

But racing has always played an important part in most of my professional life. What initially started by accident, has turned into a career spanning over more than twenty-five years. International sports communication is a fascinating field, so today I am putting my PR skills, my experience and extensive international network of key players in the motorsport industry, at the disposal of racing drivers, teams, sponsors, circuits, series, and motorsport affiliates who want to build, maintain or improve their public profile with the help of tailored media and public relations, helping them to achieve their goals in motorsport

But before you decide to work with me, here’s a list of my main PR skills:


Advice on and implementation of motorsport PR strategies: With 25+ years of experience in international motorsports PR, I am today in a position to pass on my knowledge to young drivers to help them grow in this high-pressured and high-performance world that is international motor racing. I also help experienced drivers to strategize and manage their media exposure. I advise and support teams, sponsors, racing series, circuits, and companies affiliated with motorsport on how to manage their external media and public relations to get the best return on their motorsport investment.

 Generating media coverage: I have generated extensive international media coverage (print, online, TV. radio, digital) also outside of the motorsport media with outlets like the BBC, CNN, RTL Germany, TV3 Spain, Canal + France, France TV, TF1, International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Guardian, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bild Zeitung, Gala Germany, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, l’Equipe, Paris Match, RMC, or France Inter, to name but a few.

 Building and managing media relations: I have worked with hundreds of media representatives from all over the world from TV, radio, print or online outlets, both in sports and general media. The result is established relationships that have grown over 25 years. Whether you would like to pitch a story, invite a journalist for a media event or tell a media representative your side of the story, chances are I can help.

 Being a spokesperson and first point of contact for the media: I was the media spokesperson for the motorsport governing body (FIA) and Pirelli in Formula One. I have replied to many journalists in different languages, arranged interviews and prepared spokespeople on how to reply to media inquiries. I have been doing the same for my clients, be that teaching a young racer his or her first steps with the media or advising an experienced driver on how to respond to difficult topics.

 Handling a crisis from a media and PR point of view: I was in the eye of the (media) storm when Toyota Team Europe got found cheating at a WRC event in the late 90’s, and while at the FIA, I dealt with several Formula One ‘gates’ like Spy-Gate, Lie-Gate, Singapore-Gate, and Mosley-Gate. I also handled all media inquiries following the serious accidents of Robert Kubica (Canada 2007) and Felipe Massa (Hungary 2009) working in close cooperation with the teams. At Pirelli, I managed the communication response during their difficult third year of their return to F1 when a number of tyres blew up, mainly at the 2013 Silverstone GP.

 Writing and editing: Whether it is a press release, a media kit, a story, an interview, or website copy, I have written a few of those. My main working languages are English, German, and French but other languages are possible too. If copy already exists, I edit it for you to make sure it fits your target audience.

 Setting up and running media facilities at motorsport events: I worked on the media staff at various international motorsport races in ITC, GT, and mainly F1 for many years. I was also in charge of the set-up from scratch of the media facilities and operations at the inaugural Chinese and Bahrain Formula One Grands Prix in 2004 as well as more recently the 2023 Las Vegas Formula One race. While working at the FIA, I was responsible for the overall management of all media operations at every Formula One race world-wide (400+ media representatives; 50+ local staff).

With Simon Pagenaud, unveiling the Indy 500 Borg Warner trophy

Waiting for Sebastian Vettel after winning his first world championship

With Sebastian Vettel during the Belgian Grand Prix

Accompanying Michael Schumacher - Media work
Accompanying Michael Schumacher
With Bernie Ecclestone at the Malaysian Grand Prix
With Bernie Ecclestone at the Malaysian Grand Prix
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