Focus Areas:
Diversity, Inclusion & Equality
Innovation & Future Trends
Leadership & Team Management

James Dornor

Most recently Electronics Support Engineer at Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in the Heritage department responsible for maintaining all on and off car electronics & systems on a wide range of retired cars (2022-2013) driven by the likes of Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE .  He has a combination of 13 years experience working across automotive & motorsports industries. He featured in “The Hamilton Commission Report” & interactive smart video as well as speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live about the state of diversity in F1 in 2021.

James got his break into the industry back in 2010 working at McLaren Automotive then progressed through a career pathway that led to him working within F1, he lead the development on McLaren GT Sprint GT3 (650S) and GT4 (570S) projects as well as Customer Support Engineer for GT3 race cars until 2017 where he got his chance trackside at Systems Engineer for Haas F1 before getting the call up to join McLaren Racing in 2018 working with Lando Norris in his test & rookie season.

An accolated of firsts for the industry is that he has founded Driven By Us CIC which has gained club recognition status by Motorsport UK supporting ethnic monitories & women increasing accessibility and awareness in STEM & Media career role, providing an education from grassroots to elite F1 level. Including a safe space and network within the industry in which they have partnerships with F1 and key influences.

He’s also an executive board member at AFBE focusing on engineering industry engagement across the whole sector bringing expertise and accessible to automotive and motorsport industries as his primary focus for the community.

Category: Performance