Eleven teams from six schools across the UAE competed today at Yas Marina Circuit to find the UAE national champion of the F1 in Schools competition.

Team impulseTeam Impulse' from Dubai College, came in the first place and will have the honor to represent the UAE in the 2010 World Championships in Singapore in September – and the team '540 Yeah' came in the runner-up and they will get the chance to form a special collaboration team with the second-placed team in the Australian national competition in order to participate in the same World Championship event.

“I am extremely impressed by the high standard of all the entries,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit, “and I cannot wait to see the outcome of today's final.

“Our thanks go to our partner, Mubadala, for supporting the F1 in Schools programme. Having the possibility of two teams competing in this year's World Championship in Singapore will be a huge boost to building the F1 in Schools franchise here in the UAE.”

Homaid al shemmari, of mubadala aerospace with runner-up team '540 yeah'Homaid Al Shemmari, Executive Director of Mubadala Aerospace, added: “We are proud to partner with Yas Marina Circuit to support F1 in Schools.  This challenge offers us the opportunity to engage UAE students in an entertaining yet educational experience to inspire them to seek out a future in high-tech industries.”

Yas Marina Circuit owns the United Arab Emirates programme for F1 in Schools, the world's leading multi-disciplinary challenge for 9-19 year-old students.

F1 in Schools challenges students to use software to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1TM car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder.  Working in teams of three to six, the students must also prepare a business plan, develop a marketing strategy, and make a presentation to a panel of judges.

Teams are awarded points for each aspect of their project and the overall winners will receive the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy at the world finals in Singapore. All members of the winning team will also receive a four-year university scholarship.

Photo Captions


Photo 1: Left, Homaid Al Shemmari, Executive Director of Mubadala Aerospace, Richard Cregan, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, Abdulla Khoury Board Member at Yas Marina Circuit, Mohammed Ben Sulayem FIA Vice President together with the winning team.

Photo 2: Left, Mr. Homaid Al Shemmari, Executive Director of Mubadala Aerospace with the runner-up team '540 Yeah'


Notes to Editors

Images: To download high resolution images of Yas Marina Circuit and related activities please visit the media centre at: www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

About Yas Marina Circuit 

Yas Marina Circuit is the world's newest and one of the most technologically advanced motor racing facilities ever developed. Located on Yas Island, the Circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000 spectators. The Circuit's design and construction was made possible by a unique collaboration between three main parties: Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, and Tilke GmbH.

Year round, Yas Marina Circuit will host an extensive program of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. The Circuit caters for small and large groups through a variety of bespoke and scheduled activities, both on and off-track. Supplementary facilities on the Circuit will include the Drag Racing Centre and a Driving Academy.


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