James Allen is one of the most experienced and insightful broadcasters and journalists working in Formula 1 today.
In addition to owning and managing this site, he is also F1 correspondent for the Financial Times and presents the on-site coverage for Australian TV Network 10.
He is also the official interviewer for the FIA F1 press conferences and the FOM post qualifying and post race TV interviews.
James became ITV Sport’s lead TV commentator on Formula 1 in October 2001, having deputised for Murray Walker at six races during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
During James’ tenure as commentator, ITV’s race coverage won three consecutive BAFTA awards and the Royal Television Society’s Sports Programme of the Year award, among others. In 2008 James and Martin Brundle were presented with an Autosport Award for their dramatic coverage of the final laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix, ITV’s last F1 race. The BAFTA judges’s citation indicated that the commentary on the final laps had been the decisive factor in swinging the BAFTA ITV-F1’s way.
James joined ITV in 1997 as pit lane reporter having fulfilled a similar role on the American sports channel ESPN since 1993. His sharp, often humorous analysis of team’s race strategies and the goings on in the pit lane quickly became a feature of ITV’s coverage.
From 2012-15 James was BBC F1 correspondent and the BBC 5 Live network’s lead F1 commentator.
James was born into a racing family: His father Bill was a works Lotus driver in the 1960s, enjoying success in sportscar events like the Le Mans 24 Hours.
James studied English and Modern Languages at Oxford University and joined the Brabham team as press officer in 1990. The following year the team hired Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell and James was responsible for ensuring them a good press!
He moved into journalism full time in 1992 as Autosport magazine’s News Editor. Two years later he went to America to present Nigel Mansell’s IndyCar ’94 on ITV. He was also an F1 pit reporter for American sports network ESPN from 1993-96.
He co-wrote Mansell’s best selling autobiography in 1995 and in 1998 he followed it up with a second book: Michael Schumacher, Driven to Extremes. His biography of Schumacher, The Edge of Greatness was published in 2007 and is considered the definitive book on the seven times world champion.
James launched the JA on F1 website in 2009 and it quickly grew into one of the most influential and widely-read sites specialising in F1 content. It has twice been voted by fans the “Best F1 blog” in the Silverstone Media awards.
James devotes a significant amount of time to voluntary projects around motorsport: In 2011 he was elected by his peers in the F1 Media Centre to represent them as one of four international journalists on the FIA Press Council.
He is a Trustee of the Grand Prix Trust and has been a patron of the children’s engineering challenge, F1 in Schools, for 15 years.
He was made an Associate Member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club in 2015.
He lives in North West London with his wife Pip and sons Enzo and Emerson. The boys prefer motocross to F1.
With an eye to the next generation of writers and broadcasters, James has mentored a number of young journalists, two of whom are now in the permanent travelling F1 press corps.
Alex Kalinauckas is a young journalist on his way up.
A graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MA in journalism, Alex has been obsessed with motorsport for as long as he can remember (although no one in his family can quite tell him why).
Alex has previously written for The Independent, The London Evening Standard and Motorsport News, and is a former assistant features editor for E&T magazine. He is also Autosport magazine’s 2015 British GT and BRDC Formula 4 correspondent.
Outside motorsport, Alex enjoys cycling and running – very slowly.
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