Louise grew up in the small town of Alresford in Hampshire where her interest in motorsport was first sparked by local resident and Lotus grand prix driver Derek Warwick.
Although she was a keen follower of F1, Louise had no plans to follow a career in the sport. Instead, she went to London where she briefly worked for an architects' firm. She soon tired of life behind a desk, though, and opted to travel around the States. While visiting Florida she was introduced to the Editor of 'Powerboat and Waterskiing' magazine. She was offered a job and quickly graduated on to covering big international powerboat events.
After more travelling she returned home with the offer of a job from Tony Jardine - now an ITV-F1 colleague - to work for TJ's nascent PR company. From this she landed the role of PR officer for the Leyton House F1 team before she moved on to join Eddie Jordan's new team.
Over the years she has worked with some of the best drivers in the world in her PR capacity, including the likes of Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella.
In 1997 Louise was approached by ITV and invited to join Murray Walker and Martin Brundle presenting the ITV grand prix programme as roving pit-lane reporter.
Louise's former partner is John Walton, the Minardi team manager who died of a heart attack shortly before the 2004 British Grand Prix.
Louise usually handles driver interviews for ITV, while Ted Kravitz brings news from the teams about technical or tactical matters. She is taller than many F1 drivers, and is notable for wearing lots of jewellery on her arm.
Louise has had however, some mishaps with ex-ITV F1 Commentator Murray Walker; during ITV's F1 coverage of the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix Murray called her "Louise Allen", no doubt getting her confused with then pit-lane reporter, now commentator James Allen. He did it at least twice before Louise decided to get her revenge by handing back to him jokingly referring to him as "Murray Brundle".
Louise recently became the first female to be part of a pit stop when she removed the left rear tyre in a Midland pit stop for Tiago Monteiro at the 2006 British Grand Prix.… Expand
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