Born in the UK (1952) but raised in Sydney, Australia, Peter became Press Officer of the Australian Automobile Racing Club (AARC) at the age of 17 and played an active role in the organization of the famous Warwick Farm circuit near Liverpool, Sydney. At that point he also began writing for various magazines around the world, including Australian Motoring News and Autosport (UK).
After moving to the UK in 1972, Peter wrote for Competition Car magazine and was appointed Sports Editor of Autocar magazine in 1975. He went on to win five international awards for his writing. He also quickly diversified into F1 driver and team management, working with Frank Williams from 1978 onwards (developing Williams’ new Saudi sponsorship) and with drivers Carlos Reutemann and Nigel Mansell. Reutemann went on to finish runner-up in the 1981 World Championship and Mansell to win the title in 1992.
Peter joined Williams full-time in 1985 as Manager of Sponsorship and Public Affairs but switched to Ferrari in 1989 to manage their UK F1 facility. He then returned to Williams as Team Manager in 1991, winning both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.
Turning to TV, Peter reported for Sky Sports from 1993-97 and joined Fox Sports Net as their F1 specialist in 1998. Predominantly under the Newscorp banner, he presented F1 on TV through to 2009, working for Speedvision, SpeedTV, HD1 (Australia) and FOM TV. Peter was Grand Prix Editor of F1 Racing magazine from 1997-2009 and today is the F1 columnist not only for Japan’s biggest selling motoring weekly magazine, AutoSport, but also for the world’s largest on-line racing magazine, GPWeek. He also hosts of the ground-breaking 60min F1 webcast weekly chat show, The Flying Lap; and is a regular contributor to SpeedTV.com. In 2011 Peter was ranked the world’s number one F1 journalist by TwitterAllStars.
Peter is also a highly-acclaimed speaker and presenter and in the past decade has hosted events for Intel, Hilton, WilliamsF1, Honda, Qinetiq, Lenovo, Porsche, Renault, Toyota; Grand Prix Tours; ING; Formula One Management (Global Business Conference, Shanghai; 2007 F1 Festival, Abu Dhabi); the FIA (2005-06-07-08 Prizegiving Ceremonies, Monaco); Synovate and ConvaTec. He has also delivered keynote speeches at several major conference events away from F1 environment, most notably for HP (IT Conference, Canary Islands); CeBIT (Hamburg); ENSA (Munich) and various IT events (Budapest, Amsterdam).
Peter, please submit yourself to sitting on the other side of the desk and being interviewed on TFL one day! I’m sure it would be absolutely fascinating to hear what you’ve got to say when it’s your brain being picked!
hi peter.when are you going to write a book about f1 drivers and the way they drive.really miss your f1 racing mag days,in fact i stopped buying when you left!i am a removal man and once i was fortunate enough to move a mclaren employee(who worked for the race team at the time,i think he was defecting to red bull as we moved him to milton keynes).
i asked him straight out”peter windsor?is he accurate when he writes what he writes”
my clients reply was simple,”if peter windsor writes it then its spot on”.
he continued by saying how much respect you had in the paddock.
surely if you were to write a book,it would be a masterpiece.
My introduction too Peter was via Formula1 on @SPEED (USA) as Paddock & Grid Walk reporter. I found F1 to be a challenge for me to fully understand. Peter’s reporting was clear & informative with a dose of humor. Watching his pre race grid walks as he brought the viewer up close to drivers, engineers & the V.I.Ps of F1 was exhilarating. I credit Peter Windsor for my love of F1 & now with his webcast The Flying Lap I continue too learn & love Formula 1….