Chelsea FC Soccer School Singapore and F1 in Schools™ students from Henderson Secondary School linked up for a day to remember this week when they were joined by Sauber F1 Team driver, Esteban Gutiérrez, for a soccer clinic and F1 in Schools race car model building competition.

Points were awarded for the students’ football skills and how their car performed in the races, with the youngsters competing to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes Sauber F1 Team garage tour on qualifying day of the 2013 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

Sauber F1 Team driver, Esteban Gutiérrez, gave the students a unique insight into life as a professional racing driver, joined in on the football field during the soccer clinic and prepared an F1 in Schools car for the competition, spending time in the school’s workshop with the students, hand-finishing the car livery and racing the students on the schools specially designed F1 in Schools track.

“It’s always a great experience working with our partner Chelsea FC, F1 in Schools and the kids,” said Esteban. “It’s great to see how enthusiastic they are about racing and soccer. You can see the hopes and determination some of the kids have. When I was younger I wanted to be a professional racing driver, so I hope I can be a role model. My career shows that you can accomplish your dreams if you put your mind to it. There are always opportunities and you should not be afraid to take them,” said Esteban.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools attended the event and commented, “It was great to see the students share their enthusiasm for F1 in Schools with Esteban at Henderson Secondary School. The event was a fantastic way to bring together Sauber F1 Team and the team’s partner, Chelsea FC, and give the students a very memorable day. Esteban is an excellent ambassador for his sport and a great inspiration to the students attending. F1 in Schools is delighted to have been able to contribute to this highly beneficial event.”

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 and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model car on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second. The Challenge, in its thirteenth year, was introduced to the UK in 2000 and since this time has expanded to over 40 countries, reaching over 20 million students taking part around the globe.

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