A day in the life of Marilyn Castle
Receptionist and Fan Club Coordinator, Renault F1 Team

What’s your job responsibility?
I am a Receptionist for Renault F1 Team and have been in this role for 10 years. In total I’ve been at Enstone for 18 years, and when I started it was Benetton before it transitioned to Renault F1 Team. During this time, I’ve mainly done front of house job roles, but I did have a short spell in the press department too.

What and who does that involve on a day to day basis?
A lot of my time is spent doing typical front of house duties like; answering the phones, getting mail and other admin tasks, but I would say this job has added bling! Who else gets to sit beside old and new Formula 1 cars every day at work? I have the best office in the entire company, and probably have the most expensive office toys in the whole world.

Describe a typical day in your job?
I never know who or what items are going to come through our doors at Enstone. In saying that, some parts of my day are constant such as getting the post, taking calls, greeting visitors etc. But whatever is going on in the team, on and off track, can define some of my days.

How did you get the job?
I was doing some temporary work for about two years and during that time I was lucky to work with automotive companies Jaguar and then Aston Martin. My role at both varied tremendously and I dipped my toes in all sorts of work. Then I got a permanent role elsewhere for about five years to tide me over, and I kept looking for roles like this one and then one day it was there - so I went for it and never looked back!

What is your most memorable moment…?
For me it was coming into the Enstone office on the Monday after we had just won the Formula 1 World Championship in 2005. Myself and my colleague at the time, Sarah, back then we were the only two people in the press office! It was a fabulous feeling around the factory, we were all on such a high.

And the worst part of your job…?
Technology letting me down. You want everything to run smoothly and it’s great when it does, but sometimes when technology lets you down it can be very frustrating.

The best part of your job then…
In doing front of house roles you can still have quiet days, but even then, there is great pride to be had in ultimately being a part of this wheel in a cog of a very big machine. I feel very privileged to be part of it - as I know millions of people would want my job.

If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?
Without question I would be a volunteer in South Africa working with animals. I went on my first safari a few years back and told my husband there and then that next time I did this that I want to be on the other side of the fence, getting my hands dirty and helping where I can.

What do you do after work? How do you unwind?
I keep Pygmy Goats, they’re like our surrogate dogs and children. When I get back home, we often take them out for an hour - we will even bake plain crackers for them. It’s wonderful! During the weekends we spend a lot of time in the garden, as we have lots of trees to cut down, logs to keep our wood fire going and of course, to care for the Pygmy Goats.

Do you have any tips/advice for those wanting to work in the industry?
Studying hard is obviously crucial, they only take the best of the best here. Working in the industry you live, eat and breathe F1 so you need to give up a lot of your time. I would say that you first find F1, then you find a life, and it’s in that order.
For my role specifically, I would say you have to be confident with people and reinvent yourself occasionally. When you’re in a job for a while it’s good to keep things fresh.