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Connor McDonagh

F1 Journalist

Connor is a Content Executive for Crash.net, predominantly focused on F1 and other single-seaters. Since the age of 13, Connor has had a passion for F1 and working in the sport has remained at the heart of his future ambitions. With being a racing driver out of the question, journalism was the obvious route with Connor running his own motorsport website - Read Motorsport - in 2014. Alongside his three-year university degree, and on a voluntary basis alongside other aspiring journalists, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Read Motorsport with the site sending writers to various Formula E, GP2 and MotoGP events during his time in charge.

Just two weeks after finishing his journalism degree at De Montfort University, Connor found himself freelancing for ESPN F1 in 2017. After impressing during his two-weekend trial, Connor continued to freelance for ESPN at their Hammersmith office for the remainder of the season and the entirety of the 2018 F1 season. While the following year proved to be difficult in finding work in the industry, Connor remained hungry to achieve his journalism dream and joined Crash F1 in 2020 as a freelance journalist before joining full-time in March 2021. 

Besides his experience in journalism, Connor has enjoyed a wealth of success in sim racing, reaching the F1 Esports semi-final stage in 2017. He also owns the largest F1 league which races on Codemasters’ F1 titles on PlayStation and PC - Premier Sim Gaming Leagues (PSGL) - which currently has over 24,000 YouTube subscribers and is home to the best F1 sim drivers in the world such as Jarno Opmeer, Lucas Blakeley and Frederik Rasmussen. Despite being a motorsport fan and success in gaming, he still doesn't drive. Outside of motorsport, Connor is a passionate football fan, supporting his local club, Leicester City.

Articles by Connor McDonagh

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Charles Leclerc has revealed that Mattia Binotto called to inform him of his decision to step down from his role as Ferrari team principal.

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Nico Rosberg has reflected on his title battles with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, admitting “there was a strange atmosphere within the team”.

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Daniel Ricciardo is planning a motorcycle road trip across America as he looks to get away from F1.

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Mercedes admit they were forced to rely on Lewis Hamilton’s “wealth of experience” in the first part of the 2022 F1 season as they looked to improve to the W13.

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2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg has questioned Ferrari’s decision to not back team principal Mattia Binotto.

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Toto Wolff believes Mick Schumacher could benefit from becoming Mercedes third driver in F1 2023.

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While most of the attention is on the front of the F1 field, there were a number of outstanding performances from drivers in midfield machinery. Here are five of the best from 2022.

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It was an incredible season for Max Verstappen as he secured his second F1 drivers’ championship. What records did he break in 2022?

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Organisers of the British Grand Prix have made changes to the Silverstone F1 circuit to allow fans to be closer to the on-track action.

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AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost has tipped George Russell to lead Mercedes’ title charge in F1 2023, not Lewis Hamilton.

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Toto Wolff remains “absolutely” confident that Lewis Hamilton will prolong his F1 career by signing a new contract with Mercedes.

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The 2023 F1 calendar will include a record-breaking 23 races, but could be increased to 24 if a replacement is found for the cancelled Chinese Grand Prix. All the dates and details for next year’s schedule.

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F2 driver Amaury Cordeel has lost his driver’s licence for six months after committing a 179km/h (111mph) speeding offence.

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Ex-Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe has defended former F1 race director Michael Masi for his ill-handling of the 2021 title decider between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

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Aston Martin technical director Dan Fallows doesn’t want his new F1 team to go down the route of copying rival teams such as Red Bull in their pursuit of success.

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Former F1 driver David Coulthard has heaped praise on Max Verstappen, describing him as "a winning machine who doesn't give a shi**".

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ROKiT - the former title sponsor of Williams - have been ordered to pay the F1 team more than £26 million.

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Mattia Binotto’s wealth of F1 experience combined with an impressive track record should make him an attractive signing for several teams. But where could the Italian end up?

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Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner will release a book next year, detailing the 2022 F1 season from his perspective.

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Daniel Ricciardo has opened up about the phone call he had with fellow Australian Oscar Piastri after McLaren’s decision to make a change to their 2023 F1 driver line-up.

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Lando Norris insists that McLaren did not meet their targets in 2022 and “need a better car” - and has delivered a coy reaction to his F1 future.

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Daniel Ricciardo remains confident that he will be able to return to F1 in 2024 after being encouraged by Fernando Alonso, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg’s respective comebacks to the sport. 

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Daniel Ricciardo has explained why he decided to return to Red Bull as their third driver for F1 2023 rather than Mercedes.

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Ferrari have confirmed Mattia Binotto’s departure as team principal at the end of December. Here’s what his replacement will need to change when he takes the job for F1 2023.

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The 2022 F1 season was dominated by Max Verstappen as he secured his second drivers’ title, while Red Bull secured their first as a team since 2013.