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Topical Tuesdays: Formula One – Then, Now and Tomorrow

15 MARCH 2022


Zoom Webinar

The Topical Tuesdays series will see guests speakers from the St Paul’s Community share their take on the current environment.

Just ahead of the start of 2022’s Formula One season, we are delighted to be joined by current parent Manish Pandey, writer and director, alongside Formula One legend, Damon Hill.

Damon and Manish will speak about the birth, history and evolution of ‘The Formula One World Championship’ with a specific focus on Damon’s career and the story of Bernie Ecclestone’s arrival, takeover and development of the sport – and its trajectory since his departure in 2017.  We will endeavour to feature clips from ‘Lucky!’ and take questions from the audience in what, we hope, will be a fascinating and very personal talk looking behind the sport.

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Manish Pandey – Born in India, Manish moved to London at four years. He studied Medicine at Cambridge and changed career paths from Orthopaedic Surgery to pursue his love – film making.

In 2010, he wrote and produced the documentary ‘Senna’ about the legendary racing driver Ayrton ‘Senna’, which won many awards, including two BAFTAs, The Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and was, financially, the most successful British documentary ever at the time.

In 2018, he wrote and produced ‘Grand Prix Driver’ and in 2019, wrote and directed ‘Heroes’, recounting the stories of the greatest living motor-racing drivers and reflecting on the life of one of the greatest of them all, Michael Schumacher.

Since 2020, he has been writing and directing ‘Lucky!’, an eight-part documentary in which Bernie Ecclestone tells the whole story of modern Formula One, due to be completed in Autumn 2022. Manish’s son, Darshy, is in the Sixth Form and has little or no interest in motor-racing!

Damon Hill – Damon Hill was born in Hampstead in 1960 to Bette and Graham Hill, the Formula One Racing driver, who won the F1 World Championship twice, in 1962 and ’68 and was put in the Guinness Book of Records for being the only person who had won the World Championship, Indy and Le Mans.

He was a London motorcycle messenger before he simultaneously pursued a car and bike racing career, finally dropping the bikes in 1984, but not before becoming Motorcycle Champion of Brands Hatch, the only other motor sport championship he has won, other than the 1996 Formula One World Championship.

Since that time, he has resumed his education and now has a First in Literature from the Open University.

Amongst his many other activities, he has helped secure the long-term future of the British Grand Prix as President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, has written a best-selling and award winning autobiography, helped set up a charity for people with learning difficulties, called HALOW, battled depression, played a lot of golf and surfed, and worked as a TV pundit for SkyF1 to the present day.  Hill also talks to companies, organisations and schools about the benefits of the ‘F1 mindset’.

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