Yes mate, I done a dregree in Commerce (accounting & finance) and the Australian Chartered Account course- a ball breaker. The CA here would be similar to the UK version, the CPA different and easier to get through. But once its done, its done!!
I have been to Paddock Club the past 2 years in Melbourne and at Suzuka last year. in 2012 I made 3 contacts with PR people from Red Bull, Williams and Mercedes. These people were talking to Paddock Club people on the pit walks- my wife and I were the only westerners on the first pit walk on the friday in Suzuka (that I saw anyway), and these people gravitated to us as they had a PR job to do, many Japanese dont speak english and my Webber hat was a dead give away that I spoke English :)
These contacts proved fruitful for us as we got close up looks at the cars, a full tour of the Williams pit and a walk of the Paddock- Gold! I saw all 3 in Melbourne this year. One looks after Webber day to day, another now promoted to brand manager at Williams the the last dealing with Hamilton as account manager for a major sponsor ( his first few months with Lewis he couldnt have spoke higher of him- times may change LOL).
All 3 (I think) have studied MBA & Sports Marketing – not a lick of accounting in there mate. I think salaries on F1 mechanics are pretty poor but these 3 would now be on decent money, only to get better.
But you’re right Aish, not too many accountants ruling the roost in F1 !! I think Adrian Newey may do doing better that the RBR accountant LOL !!