I’m a female F1 mechanic – men told me I should stay in the office but now I’m working my dream job

As one of the few female F1 mechanics, I'm living my dream of working at the pinnacle of motorsport. But it hasn't been an easy journey getting here.

When I first started out, I encountered a lot of sexism in the industry. I was told I didn't belong in the garage, that I should stay in the office and that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the boys.

But I refused to take no for an answer. I worked hard to prove them wrong and I'm proud to say that I'm now a fully qualified F1 mechanic, working for one of the biggest and most successful teams in the sport.

It wasn't easy getting here, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I'm passionate about motorsport and F1 in particular, so it's a dream come true to be here.

I'm also passionate about encouraging other young women to pursue their dreams in male-dominated industries. I want to show them that anything is possible and that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, regardless of gender.

It's been an incredible journey so far and I'm looking forward to the future. I'm excited to be a part of this amazing sport and to continue to inspire other women that nothing is out of reach.