Mark Preston

F1 & Grand Prix Expert

Best known for his remarkable accomplishments in Formula One, where he’s held key roles in the Arrows Grand Prix, McLaren Racing, and Super Aguri F1 teams, Mark Preston now heads up the TECHEETAH Formula E Team which delivered the first 1-2 finish for any team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship (including first customer team to do so). As the series only customer team in Formula E, Mark delivers an insight into the optimisation of resources in a competitive environment to deliver results.

With a career history that provides abundant evidence of his engineering skills and acumen in cutting-edge technology, Mark’s achievements would not have been possible without his passion for teamwork and his clear head for business – both evidenced in recent years by his completion of an MBA at Oxford University, and his ongoing involvement in the development and commercialisation of new, green technologies and start-ups including starting an autonomous car company in 2017: StreetDrone.

Mark moved to the UK in 1996 from Australia to break into Formula One after building a successful racing car business with Michael Borland called Spectrum Racing Cars which continues to have success worldwide in Formula Fords.

Six years with Arrows Grand Prix saw Mark go from stress analysis engineer to Head of R&D and then onto McLaren F1 as a Principal designer then Head of Vehicle Laboratories. Mark worked alongside Adrian Newey and Mike Coughlan on the controversial MP4-18a but the with bigger plans in mind moved onto starting Preston Racing with the ultimate aim of starting his own Formula One team!

A small group of former Arrows Grand Prix colleagues got together and planned an F1 team startup which then morphed into Super Aguri F1 with Honda, Bridgestone and Aguri Suzuki. This was the start of the famous 100 days of starting Super Aguri Formula One. 100 Days to start a Formula One team provides an interesting storytelling element to any presentation: recruitment of 100 people, delivery of 55 tonnes of equipment and 2 cars to the first Formula One race in Bahrain is an interesting presentation on its own!

The most recent motor racing achievements were as a founding Team Principal of the FIA Formula E (electric) Championship of firstly the Amlin Aguri Formula E Team which has latterly morphed into the TECHEETAH Formula E Team. This city based form of clean and green racing is pioneering the world of electric drivetrains that will disrupt the automotive marketplace and drive change in one of the world’s oldest manufacturing industries: transportation.

Electric, autonomous, connected and shared are at the core of the change happening in the automotive industry, and to that end Mark has recently started an autonomous car company called StreetDrone in order to capitalise on the obvious move towards autonomous cars and is applying his vast knowledge of startups, Formula 1 & E technology and software to this incredibly fast growing and fascinating field.

Mark can provide an exciting insight into the world of startups, autonomous, electric and F1 fields and pull this together in a compelling way for any event based on innovation, technology and the future.

To book Mark Preston as the motorsports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Mark is known to cover the following topics:

  • Motorsports
  • Peak Performance
  • Efficiency
  • Teamwork & Teambuilding
  • Leadership

“Mark has presented to a PerkinElmer client-based audience on three separate occasions. Fundamentally, Mark really cares about his audience and at each of our events he has tailored content and delivery to optimise interaction. A 2018 FIA Formula E Driver’s Championship winning Team Principal that talks with passion, confidence and experience on electric vehicle/battery/infrastructure development, macro environmental challenges and of course you get the inside track on what it takes to run a successful Formula E Team. You will leave a Mark Preston presentation inspired, taking home that valuable gift of ‘Wow, I feel a little bit special having been exposed to that unique insight/behind the scenes factoid, but I can’t share with anyone else as Chatham House Rules were in play’. Would I recommend Mark as a keynote presenter at your forthcoming conference? Absolutely, but don’t spread the word too much as we’d like to book him again soon!”
Gavin Aston, Sales Director/Site LeaderPerkinElmer LAS (UK) Ltd