Michael Lamonato

Broadcaster, podcast producer, FIA-accredited F1 writer, antipodean loudmouth

Having first joined the F1 press corps in 2012 by what he assumed was administrative error, Michael has since made himself one of the few Australian regulars in the press room. Graduating in print journalism and later radio, he worked his way from community media to Australia’s ABC Grandstand as an F1 broadcaster, and his voice is now heard on the official Australian Grand Prix podcast, Extreme E’s official podcast Off Track, the F1 Strategy Report and Box of Neutrals. Though he’d prefer to be recognised for his F1 expertise and podcast-producing prowess, in parts of hometown Melbourne his reputation for once being sick in a kart will forever precede him.

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Those who can, do. Those who can’t, talk about it. With no racing ability to speak of, I’ve made a career of speaking about those with skills, including as a podcast host and producer (Box of Neutrals, the Strategy Report, In the Fast Lane, Extreme E: Off Track), radio presenter (ABC Grandstand’s Breakfast and 2014 Commonwealth Games coverage) and regular guest on a wide array of broadcast platforms around the world.


I’vebeen scribbling about motorsport for the better part of a decade, developing a long history of writing for newspapers and magazines and extensive experience writing for the web from inside the F1 paddock. My bylines have appeared in Racer, ABC Online, the F1 official program, Australian Grand Prix publications, Crash and the Phuket News among other outlets.


There’s much more to F1 than meets the eye. Four hours of on-track preparation per car goes into a grand prix weekend. Race by race I’m breaking down the practice data to forecast Sunday strategy, and after the chequered flag falls you can hear my analysis into which teams nailed it and which failed to execute on the Strategy Report podcast with a new guest each round.


Do you need someone to write specialist motorsport copy to deadline? A voice to explain the latest goings-on of the F1 paddock? Someone to help build and produce a sport or specialist podcast? Or maybe you just want to know why I’m helmeted up in this photo and riding a motorised esky (it was for work, I swear). Get in touch via the details at the link below and let’s have a chat.