I've been reading some of these post about "working in F1". Lots of different opinions about, some of which I agree with, other I very much do not !!!!! For what its worth I am going to add mine !
First of all - I work at a Formula 1 team. I'm not saying which one as my opinion is my own and has nothing to do with my team. I've worked in several different race series and on different cars and so I have reasonable experience of this subject I hope.
I have lots and lots of conversations about this subject and read lots and lots of stuff online about it. Clearly lots of people want to "Work in F1" as it looks fantastically exciting and all the rest of it on TV. I was exactly the same when I was a kid and I set my heart of first of all being a racing driver, and then to work in racing.
Jersey Tom's point about 'working in F1' vs doing a specific job in motorsport is a good one. I see so many people just saying they want to work in F1 but they dont seem to know what. Its fine that you want to work in racing, to be honest that is all I wanted to do at first but if you dont have a specific job in mind, or rather if you dont understand what jobs there are actually out there then you have very little chance.
One big word of advice. DON'T just write an email or a letter to an F1 team saying "Can I have a job please ?". Dont just say "Are there any jobs in your pit crew going ?". If you get any response I'd be amazed. If you really want to work in racing, or in F1 then you need to be a bit smarter than that !!!
I earn my living by working in Formula 1. Its awesome. I absolutely love it. Not every day clearly but if I ever sit down and think about the alternative ways then I very very quickly realise that my job and my career is one of the best ways that I personally could earn a living as I love being involved in racing. I think for many people it would be the same and so if you want to work in racing then you should go for it and find out as much as you. Maybe it isnt for you but I do know that there are 99 out of 100 more boring and dead end jobs than working for a racing team.
How to get there ? Hmmm. Long topic but it clearly isnt impossible and all the of the posts about 'you need to know someone' or 'you need years of experience in lower formulas' etc are all just nonsense. LOTS, and I mean LOTS, of people just get jobs at F1 teams straight out of college or school. Beleive it or not, some people get jobs in F1 who dont really like motorsport and just applied for it because they thought it sounded good. I actually feel pretty passionate about this subject because I was put off time and time again by other people opinions and incorrect knowledge about racing, including my parents, my teacher and my friends. If had listened to them I would never have had the opportunities that I have had in my career and that thought annoys me greatly ! There is no real information out there and I think people who could enjoy a successful career in racing are put off it by a lack of knowledge and people making up nonsense about it.
I'm trying to write a blog / website about working in F1 and motorsport. Its a mixture of describing what the environment of working in a team is like, what sorts of jobs people do, and then what best advice I can give people if they want to pursue a career in racing. Its early days but hopefully in between my (demanding) job and my home life I hope to write enough information on the subject that people can just read it and decide for themselves. Hopefully you will like what i write, perhaps not but either way if you have questions or opinions about what I have said then please feel free to contact me. It should make the information better as a result.
Feel free to come and read it at http://www.jobinf1.com
Best of luck !