Maurice Hamilton has been part of the Formula One scene since 1977 and was the Observer's motor racing correspondent for 20 years. He has written more than 20 books as well as commentating on Formula One for BBC Radio. He is now actively involved with the online community on twitter and writes several blogs whilst continuing to write books about racing. If you don't already, please follow Maurice on twitter @MauriceHamilton



As part of my F1 Portrait series, I had the pleasure to sit down with Maurice to talk about his journey from attending his first race as a child in Northern Ireland to his first "official" Formula One event as A professional journalist in 1977. 



During Maurice's career covering more than 500 Grand Prix, Formula One has changed beyond recognition. Along the way we cover how life was in the paddock when he started with drivers and personalities such as James Hunt and Ken Tyrrell and how the culture started to shift when Bernie Ecclestone took over the commercial side of racing.

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