Chelsea Football Club in partnership with the Club’s commercial partner the Sauber F1 Team hosted the London and South East F1 in Schools Regional Final yesterday.  Over thirty teams battled for a place at the F1 in Schools National Finals to be held in March at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair, NEC, Birmingham.

St John Payne School, with a team of students known as Infinity, were the winners of the F1 Class, with Colossus F1, a team from Robert Mays School, taking the Runner Up place in the F1 Class. The Best F1 Class Rookie Team was FORACCS from St Marylebone CE School. These three teams will now go on to the F1 in Schools National Finals at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair and if they can beat teams from nine other regional finals they could be jetting off to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for the F1 in Schools World Finals in November just prior to the 2014 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

Robert Mays School triumphed in the Bloodhound SSC Class taking first place with Team Venom and sister team, Ignition, being the Runners Up. These two teams will now compete in the Bloodhound SCC Class National Finals also at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair.

It was an intense and hard-fought London and South East Regional Finals. This Formula One™ linked challenge, renowned as the largest global educational initiative, inspires students to put classroom theory into practice designing, developing, manufacturing and racing a scale model F1 race car.
Thanks to the partnership between two legendary teams, the Swiss Sauber F1 Team and Chelsea Football Club, the event was hosted at Stamford Bridge. The students participating at this F1 in Schools Regional Finals were treated to a video welcome from Sauber F1 Team drivers, Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil and during the day were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Chelsea Football Club stadium.

Since last year Chelsea FC and Sauber F1 Team have had a strong association with F1 in Schools. The three founded the “Dribble & Race” events, which are timed around a GP weekend. Here, children are introduced into the fascinating world of F1 and football at the same time.
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display at the Regional Final and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model cars on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.
In addition to representing their country at the World Finals, the F1 in Schools UK Champions and runners up will receive tickets to the 2014 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of this week’s London and South East Regional Finals, “The hard work, high standards, ingenuity, and innovation we’ve seen is amazing. All the students put so much time, work and commitment into the competition and show just how much can be achieved with the motivation and enthusiasm that they have with this challenge.

He adds, “Judging the competition is never easy as all the teams are so good, but being judged is also a great challenge for the students and they all did extremely well with their presentations to the judges and coping with the pressure of racing their cars. I know every student will have benefited from taking part in F1 in Schools – whether it is learning new skills, growing in confidence or making new friends – and they all now know that engineering can be exciting, challenging and fun.”

 The London and South East Regional Finals took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Autodesk, Denford and City University London, Chelsea Football, Club and Sauber F1 Team.

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