2009 world finalsStudents from around the world are putting the finishing touches to their Formula One cars in preparation for the 2010 F1 in Schools World Finals, which is being held in Singapore next month. This global educational challenge, which is privileged to have the support of the Formula One fraternity, draws together the best young engineers, business minds and designers, competing for the coveted Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy as well as Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships to City University London. 

The diversity of teams competing reflects the far reaching success of this initiative, with students from Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America all represented. The competition has no boundaries, with students studying at independent and state high schools travelling to Singapore. With a team which includes royalty and another from a school for less fortunate young people, the competition is open to school children from all walks of life between the ages of 9 and 19.

Supported by LG, a Global Partner and a Technological Partner of Formula 1 since the start of the 2009 season, the F1 in Schools World Finals brings together the F1 in Schools National Champions to compete internationally for the World Champions title. Eighteen countries will be represented, with a team from Saudi Arabia making their first appearance at a World Finals event. Runners up from their national finals are invited to form collaboration teams, linking teams from different countries to compete together, adding a unique dimension to the challenge. The six collaborative teams include an Australian school linked with a UAE school, a Singapore school with a Portugal school, a German school with a school in the USA, South Africa have linked with Canada, while Malaysia and England have joined forces just as Lotus Racing has in the real world of Formula One.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, is looking forward to the Singapore event saying, F1 in Schools goes from strength to strength and this year's World Finals are expected to outperform previous years with the student teams showcasing a depth of talent and innovation which we haven't seen before. Each year the level of research increases, the boundaries are pushed further and the cars feature originality, new techniques and a complexity of design which impresses the F1 teams. I'm sure this year we will have another record-breaking event and I hope the students are prepared for the toughest competition yet.

Lewis hamilton with the 2009 world champions the koni kats The essence of the F1 in Schools challenge is for teams of students to research, design, test, manufacture and race a miniature Formula One car, using some of the advanced technology employed within the F1 teams in the real world. All the teams competing next month will have spent hundreds of hours producing their models in their pursuit of beating their competitors to claim the World Champions crown.

The event is being hosted by Singapore's Ngee Ann Polytechnic within the Convention Centre over two days, followed by a glittering awards celebration at the Conrad Centennial Singapore expected to be attended by luminaries from F1 as well as local dignitaries and VIP guests. The winners will not only receive university scholarships and the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, they will also visit the Formula 1 paddock at the Singapore Grand Prix and meet Mr Ecclestone and many of the drivers and technical managers.

Student teams start final preparations for 2010 F1 in Schools World Finals in Singapore

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