Student teams entering the 2013/14 season of F1 in Schools™ will be competing for a host of prizes, including tickets to the 2014 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX, courtesy of Silverstone Circuit, the chance to be at the UK’s premier motorsport event and one of the most popular sporting occasions in the calendar.

Silverstone Circuit’s support for F1 in Schools extends further with sponsorship of the Innovative Thinking Award, which brings with it a commemorative trophy and for the UK National Champions, Silverstone Driving Experiences, a memorable day of track action in performance cars.

In addition, all schools taking part in 2013 F1 in Schools will be able to purchase family tickets to the 2014 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX at a an exclusive ‘early bird’ price.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, says of Silverstone Circuit’s support for F1 in Schools, “We are very grateful to Silverstone Circuits for their extensive package of prizes and benefits for F1 in Schools participants and their schools. The opportunity to be at the British Grand Prix is a prestigious prize and one which I know all the students have thoroughly enjoyed. After all their hard work in developing scale model F1 race cars, to see the pinnacle of motorsport ‘in the flesh’ makes their participation in F1 in Schools worthwhile and is a very special treat for them. “

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 National Finals 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 race track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.

The F1 in Schools programme operates in over 40 countries. Each of the National Champions is invited to compete at the World Finals and the 2nd and 3rd podium place teams are invited to participate by forming collaboration teams, linking with the runner-up teams from another country. The collaboration teams communicate by virtual technologies such as Skype and video conferencing CISCO WebEx before finally meeting each other for the first time when they arrive at the World Finals. The Finals are held over the course of three days with the teams brought together for the biggest challenge of their young lives, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships at City University London. This year’s World Finals at Austin, Texas attracted 38 teams from over 22 different countries.

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