All good things must come to an end they say, but even so, it is with a heavy heart that I today announce the end of the road for Manipe F1 and my own F1 journalism aspirations. After four years of travelling to races as a professional Formula One journalist, last weekend's Italian Grand Prix at the spectacular Autodromo Nazionale Monza marked my final outing as a journalist as I look to pursue other career opportunities.
My tenure in the sport, although short-lived, has been immensely enjoyable. Few have had the privilege of chasing racing cars around the world or watch the greatest drivers on the planet from a trackside vantage point as I have in recent years. I feel massively fortunate, honoured and proud to have achieved my dreams and the dreams of so many others by establishing myself as a journalist in one of the world's most exclusive and exciting sports. Alas, my time has come to move on.
My achievements would not have been possible without the help and backing of many of the paddock's finest, most of whom I thanked in person at the weekend. My friend and colleague Adam Hay-Nicholls deserves a special mention however, as without his unwavering support I would never have been able to achieve what I did.
Life is a funny old game and I may well return to the sport in some way, shape or form in the future, but in the meantime, it's a fond farewell from me.
Slán go fóill,