Former F1 Mechanic, Marc Priestley has lived life in the fast lane as part of one of the world’s most demanding sports. A career that relies on achieving optimal performance and maintaining high performance under pressure, Marc’s knowledge as an F1 pitman has forged his reputation as an expert in high performance cultures and mindsets. Now the Co-Presenter of Wheeler Dealers, Marc is forging a successful career as a presenter and speaker, detailing stories from his decades worth of experience working in the high performance industry of Formula 1. When hired as a high performance speaker, Marc focuses on topics of performing under pressure, drive, peak performance and determination.
In 1998, Marc joined the fast-paced world of motorsports, when he became a Race Mechanic for Speedsport F3 – providing his services as a mechanic in the British Formula 3. He later went on to become the Chief Mechanic of Orbit Motorsport, leading a team of mechanics in the Italian Formula 3000 Championship. In 2000, Marc made his debut as a Formula 1 mechanic, becoming the No.1 Mechanic for McLaren Racing. As a pitlane mechanic, Marc soon adapted to performing under pressure, forced to ensure he maintained high performance at all times. In such a demanding, fast-paced, high performance sport, Marc had little margin for error and knew that small mistakes would have large consequences.
In 2009, Marc was recruited as the Race Team Manager of Formula Two Ltd. In this role, he was responsible for managing 40 mechanics, both setting up and running the FIA Formula Two Championship. Leaving the world of motorsports behind in 2010, Marc focused his interests on writing and speaking about motorsports, contributing to Formula 1 commentary and pitlane reporting for the likes of Sky Sports F1, the BBC and ESPN Star Sports TV. He has also shared his expertise as an F1 Expert for TalkSPORT Radio and is now currently the Co-Presenter of Wheeler Dealers for the Discovery Channel. In addition, Marc has also authored his own book The Mechanic: The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane, and is the Director of Motorsport & High Performance Engineering for Flexegraph.
With such detailed expertise in high performance, Marc is now highly sought after as a high performance speaker for after dinner speeches, corporate conferences and industry events. Having experienced the demanding pressure of the F1 pitlane, Marc understands what a person must do to achieve and maintain high performance. Translating his experiences as an F1 mechanic into a business context, Marc details how clients can have drive, determination, achieve peak performance and perform under pressure. A seasoned speaker, Marc has contributed his expertise to a variety of television and radio shows – no stranger to the cameras and limelight. If you are looking for a high performance speaker with a decorated track history, look no further than Marc Priestley.
Marc Priestley is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Pass on my thanks to Marc for his talk yesterday. It’s never the easiest slot being up last, but he had the audience engaged, if not gripped. The fact they wanted to ask questions and delay heading to the bar said it all really! I know Marc had to shoot off after so I didn’t get the chance to catch him, but just wanted to pass on my thanks and appreciation for a brilliant talk.”
“It was fab! Everyone seemed to enjoy it and so many people that I’ve spoke to said he was really engaging and so easy to listen to.”
“Marc Priestley was excellent – so engaging, and everyone was fascinated by him. We could have easily listened for a lot longer! I would not hesitate to recommend him. He was the highlight of the day.”