Jennie Gow fears for her F1 future with reporter still struggling after stroke

Formula One reporter Jennie Gow has spoken out about her fears of not being permanently rehired by the BBC after suffering a stroke last year.

The 46-year-old is one of the most well-known journalists across the sport. She has most notably worked for BBC Radio 5 Live and even appeared on the fan-favourite Netflix series Drive to Survive.

But Gow suffered a serious stroke on December 29 2022 which caused her brain to bleed and left her unable to speak and write for a while. After spending months recovering, she made a stunning return to radio at the Silverstone paddock ahead of the British Grand Prix in July for an emotional sit-down interview with Lewis Hamilton.

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Gow has since returned to her BBC duties at the Dutch Grand Prix. Yet she is currently working in a freelance capacity and isn’t contracted to her previous role.

The Southampton-born presenter suffers from several conditions following her stroke, such as increased fatigue and developing dyslexia. And she admitted she is unsure about her future due to the limitations she has been left with, including requiring daily rests to be at her best.

She told The Telegraph: "I'd love to go back at the start of next season but I don't know if that's realistic. It's a question mark. I think we thought after Zandvoort we'd know for sure whether I could or we couldn't. But actually until the fatigue goes….I can't do a race weekend on my own.

"Then there are other questions? Will the BBC want me back? I'm freelance. I don't have a contract with anyone. I mean, they've said they would like to work with me, and figure out a way of doing things. But they don't have any obligation to do so."

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The F1 circuit continues at Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit this weekend. Gow shared her frustrations about potentially not keeping up with the fast-moving sport, though she also stressed how lucky she feels to be on the road to recovery.

She added: "The sport goes to Vegas for the first time this year, and I'd love to be there. Or if Max [Verstappen] wins [his third world title] in Qatar, not being there will suck. Listening to someone else do [your job] is hard even if all my colleagues have all been amazing, going out of their way to be kind and stressing they are keeping the seat warm for me."

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