Students participating in F1 in Schools Malaysia at three schools in Kuala Lumpur joined children from the Chelsea FC Soccer School Malaysia (CFCSS Malaysia) for a unique activity hosted by Chelsea Football Club and the Sauber F1 Team. The worlds of football and motor racing came together to give Malaysian children the chance to experience both sports in the presence of Sauber F1 Team driver Esteban Gutierrez.

The event saw 24 children attend a football clinic conducted by coaches from CFCSS Malaysia before they learned about the finer points of motor racing from Gutierrez.  “The event was a great experience because you can see the hopes and desires of these kids who may be wishing to become professional footballers in time,” said Gutiérrez. “It was the same for me when I was younger except that I wanted to be a professional racing driver. But at one time, I started like this and I was just like them.”

Having arrived at the highest level of motor sports after winning the GP3 Series in 2010 and finishing third in GP2 last year, the opportunity to become a role model for youngsters is something that resonates strongly with Gutiérrez.

“My goal is not just to be a racing driver but to be the best racing driver and I am also interested in being a good example to younger people,” said the native of Monterrey.

“To take my career as an example, you can really accomplish your dreams if you want to go for it. There are always opportunities and you should not be afraid to take them.”

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of the event, “I'd like to extend my thanks to Sauber F1 Team for inviting the F1 in Schools students to this fantastic afternoon and a unique opportunity for the children to be inspired by top sportspeople.  F1 in Schools has close ties with the Formula 1 teams and this type of activity is a great opportunity for the two to be drawn together to benefit local communities and the students who participate in our programme.”

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.

Students participating in F1 in Schools Malaysia at three schools in Kuala Lumpur joined children from the Chelsea FC Soccer School Malaysia (CFCSS Malaysia) for a unique activity hosted by Chelsea Football Club and the Sauber F1 Team...

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