Five British teams represented the nation at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 held last month in Austin, Texas, alongside the UNITED STATES FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX and after an intense three days of competition, they were rewarded with a total of seven awards presented to the teams at the glittering Awards Celebration Gala Dinner with a star-studded audience of Formula 1 team representatives, drivers and paddock personalities.  

Five students from three UK teams were selected to join the prestigious Randstad Williams Engineering Academy. This innovative scheme sees Williams and Randstad mentor students from across the world as they bid to secure a career as a Formula One engineer.

Enigma UK from Robert Mays School, Odiham, Hampshire were the top placed UK team finishing fourth overall, just one spot off the podium. They received four award nominations, winning the Enterprise Portfolio Award, with the judges commending the clarity, professionalism and documentation of their work in the portfolio. All three team members who had applied for the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy won places – Cora Morrow, Nathan Bryce and Katelyn Chelberg. The fifth placed team overall was Sixth Degree, a team from The King’s School, Chester. One of their team members, James McDonagh was also selected for the Academy.

Tachyon from Denbigh High School in Wales collected seven award nominations, the highest of any team, and won three awards – Women in Motorsport Award supported by the Women in Motorsport Commission, Verbal Presentation Award supported by Pirelli and Team Sponsorship and Marketing Award supported by Manor Racing. The team finished 12th overall and Amy Martin, Team Manager, won a place in the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy.

Kinetikos Racing from Inveralmond High School in Scotland took home two awards, after being nominated in three categories. They won the Pit Display Award supported by Scuderia Toro Rosso and the Team Identity Award supported by Scuderia Ferrari. The judges praised the team for embracing their Scottish heritage with the team wearing traditional kilts throughout the competition, sporting Tam O’Shanters for the racing and playing the bagpipes before each race. The team finished 17th overall.

Fusion Racing, a collaboration team with students from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, Kent and Pelizaeus Gymnasium in Germany, won the Best International Collaboration Award, finishing 18th overall. Team United from Kenton School, Newcastle, the UK Rookie Champions, finished 29th of the 39 teams competing.

Infinite Racing from Mandoulides School, Greece took the World Champions crown and lifted the famous Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, the first team from Greece to be on the World Finals podium. The team also won the Pressure Challenge Award, the Knockout Competition Award and Team Website Award.

Australian team, Infinitude were runners-up to Infinite Racing, with Endeavour from Germany taking the third place podium spot. The World Champions win coveted City University London and UCL Engineering scholarships.

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 the F1 in Schools model block 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. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 was held over the course of four days at the Hyatt Regency, with 39 teams from 23 countries brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted Engineering scholarships to City University London and UCL Engineering. After all their hard work the students were rewarded with a trip to Circuit Of The Americas and a safety car led guided tour of the circuit followed by a 2 hour pit lane walk and tickets to attend the 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. 

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 took place with the assistance of a host of supporters including Formula One Management, Circuit Of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, City University London and UCL Engineering.

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