eddie-irvineI’ve written quite extensively about Formula One, filing reports, mostly for Esquire and GQ, on topics ranging from pit-lane politics/glamour to Bertie Ecclestone and the big business of F1 to the explosive and often race-winning precision of the modern Formula One pit stop (Esquire dubbed it “the most exciting eight seconds in sport”).caroll-shelby-cobra-1

I’ve also interviewed quite a number of leading F1 drivers. One of my more interesting encounters was with “Fast” Eddie Irvine, then at the top of his game and number one driver for Ferrari. I got rare access, through the Williams team, to the pre-season testing, preparation and debut grand prix in Australia of then 20-year-old rookie Jenson Button; seven years later I would catch up with him again. There were also profiles of Juan-Pablo Montoya and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and a tribute to the great Ayrton Senna, on the tenth anniversary of his death.

caroll-shelby-cobra-2I spent time, equally as memorably, with Murray “excuse me while I interrupt myself” Walker, and later with the man who would succeed him as the “voice of Formula One”, Martin Brundle.pit-stops (image © adam hinton)

I also spoke to two other men inextricably linked to speed and power: Carroll Shelby, the rugged and renegade Texan champion racer who developed the legendary Cobra sports car; and Richard Jenkins, a young English engineer and inventor attempting to beat world speed records, over land, sea and ice – using wind power alone.


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Philip Watson is an experienced freelance journalist who has written articles on a wide variety of subjects. His in-depth features range from 9/11 to the Poker Million tournament, fathers’ rights to Chernobyl children, Miles Davis to (a film version of) James Joyce’s Ulysses, British soldiers injured in Afghanistan to the Peace One Day campaign, and the Irish boom to the Irish bust. Interviews and profiles extend from Martin Scorsese to Claudia Schiffer, Paul Weller to William Boyd, conman “King Con” to F1 driver “Fast” Eddie Irvine, Antony Gormley to Antoine de Caunes, and maverick British inventor James Dyson to radical American comic Lenny Bruce. Philip gained a distinction on the postgraduate journalism course at University of Wales, Cardiff and worked for a number of years at GQ, where he was deputy editor, and Esquire, where he was editor-at-large. He has been freelance for the past decade or more, contributing articles and features to many publications in Britain, Ireland and the US, including the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Irish Times, London Evening Standard, Travel + Leisure and music magazine The Wire. Philip has also appeared on radio and television programmes in the UK and Ireland, including RTÉ arts review show The Works. He is the editor of More Than A Game: GQ on Sport (Orion) and a collection of his interviews with musicians features in the anthology Invisible Jukebox (Quartet).