Excitement is building for winning teams from the 2011 F1 in Schools UK National Finals with the approach of the 2011 Formula 1™ Santander British Grand Prix, as students prepare to experience a day to remember courtesy of Formula One Management and Silverstone Circuits. Throughout the Grand Prix weekend the student teams will have an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and witness first-hand one of the most prestigious sporting events on the calendar.

Next Wednesday, July 6th, Fflam from Ysgol Botwnnog, Pwlheli, Gwynedd, runners up in the National Finals who will be representing Wales at the World Finals later this year, and Fusion, a team from Dame Alice Owens School, Potters Bar, who finished third overall, will be guests of two Formula 1 teams and will be given exclusive access to the inner sanctum of Formula 1, the paddock and pits. This opportunity is extra-special this year, with Formula 1, for the first time, using the circuit's state-of-the-art new Pit and Paddock Complex, the Silverstone Wing.


On Thursday, July 7th, Fast Lane, the student from Ysgol Friars, Bangor, who took second place in the Bloodhound Class of the F1 in Schools National Finals in 2011, will have their chance to see behind the scenes of Formula 1 with a visit to the Silverstone Wing including a tour of a team's garage, a 'money-can't buy' prize for this North Wales team as a reward for their efforts in the competition.


Practice day of the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix on Friday July 8th will be attended by two F1 in Schools teams. The youngest of the visitors to the event will be Team X-Dream, the Primary F1 in Schools National Champions from Ysgol Y Talwrn, Llangefni, and as a school with only 36 pupils, was the smallest to reach the National Finals, and after competing for three consecutive years finally took the title and realised their dream of visiting the Grand Prix. Team X-Dream will be joined by Dynamico, from Sir John Leman High School, Beccles, Suffolk, who took second place in the Rookie Class of the F1 in Schools National Finals and won the award for the Best Engineered Car.


British drivers, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Paul Di Resta will be cheered on during qualifying and on race day by the reigning UK F1 in Schools National Champions, Dynamic, from St. John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School, Chelmsford, Essex and DART Racing, Rookie Class winnners from PETROC, Barnstable, Devon. A trip to the Silverstone Wing for a garage tour with an F1 team will also be part of the prize for these two teams in this weekend to remember. On Sunday these two teams will be joined by Blur, the Bloodhound Class winners from Robert May's School, Odiham, Hampshire and they will also be treated to one of the most-sought after experiences, a visit to the F1 paddock on British Grand Prix race day and a tour of a Formula One team garage and hospitality.


Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, says of the forthcoming visit to the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, “Firstly I must thank Formula One Management and Silverstone Circuit for their generous support of F1 in Schools with these prize trips for our winning students. There is no better finale to our National Finals than a chance to see Formula 1 'in the flesh' and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a truly special occasion, which I know will be an experience of a lifetime for these students.


“The Formula 1 teams and paddock has embraced F1 in Schools and their involvement with the competition is integral to its success. The students are impassioned by their glimpse of the inner workings of the F1 teams and this helps us to achieve our ambitions of encouraging them to consider engineering as a career. We know that Silverstone weekend will be a resounding success for the UK F1 in Schools programme.”



F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students are given a brief to design a model compressed powered F1 Car of the future using CAD/CAM. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students, brings together their work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track. At the National Finals each team brought along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a presentation for the judges.

The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the F1 Class cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Championships. Younger students design, build and race a Bloodhound car, linking with the upcoming British attempt on the World Land speed record, with the Bloodhound SSC project. The current record is held by Speeding Snails from Wilmington Grammar School, with a time of 0.620 seconds.


Excitement is building for winning teams from the 2011 F1 in Schools UK National Finals with the approach of the 2011 Formula 1™ Santander British Grand Prix, as students prepare to experience a day to remember courtesy of Formula One Management...

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