World Women’s Day: Julia Paradowska, PR and Social Media


Julia Paradowska

I am Julia and I live in Poland. Everybody says that I am a girl who loves laughing and I love making people happy, but I think maybe I talk too much. I love the town where I live but I dream about travelling (and I hope one day to write a book about my journeys). Last year, I learnt to drive. I bake a lot of cakes but don’t eat a lot of them: seeing people who like them and enjoy eating them makes me happy enough. I also like shoes, bags and painting my nails, and shopping is my biggest addiction.

My big passion is photography. With my camera or my phone, I take photos of everything I can. I think that photography shows who I am, through my feelings and my perspective of the world. I hope that one day I’ll take photos of really fast cars.

My second big passion is Formula One. It’s not a problem for me to wake up at 5:00 a.m. just to watch a Grand Prix. I started watching F1 in 2006 because of Robert Kubica, but even though I still follow him I didn’t stop watching F1 after his crash like many Polish fans did. Many people with whom I talk the most think that racing is boring, and they are surprised that I watch F1. It is hard for me to say what I like most about F1: it’s like asking a mother to explain why she loves her children.

I support many drivers. I don’t need to support only one driver or one team; I have my favourite ones but I try to be objective. If somebody asks me which Grand Prix I’d most want to watch live, I’d choose Belgium, Singapore or Italy (it’s impossible to properly feel the Monza atmosphere on TV).

Many people ask me why I don’t write about F1—the answer is that I’m not that good at writing. I prefer to talk about it, on Twitter with my followers. I enjoy having conversations on The Pit Crew Online account and getting to know your opinions. In my real life there aren’t a lot of people with whom I can talk about F1. I also like learning about the history of motorsport, and that’s why I started #OnThisDayInF1.

I admire Susie Wolff. She is my favourite female in motorsport because she wants to show that women are a big part of motorsports too. I like her D2BD initiative and I think that that kind of support will help a lot of girls who dream of being a professional racing driver. Of course they don’t just support young drivers but journalists and mechanics too. Susie showed everyone that it was worth following her dreams, and I think that is a big inspiration for the young female generation.

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