British JICA Champion Will Stevens has been appointed the Young Driver Ambassador for F1 in Schools, the Formula One design challenge that uses motorsport to encourage students to learn about high-performance engineering.

The 14-year-old karting driver from Oxshott, Surrey, in England, will be the official young driver face for the not-for-profit organisation and work with the staff and participating schools to promote engineering, science and technology.

Endorsed by founder of modern-day Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 in Schools concept centres on a 'Formula One Technology Challenge' held at secondary schools world-wide.

Students between the age of 11 and 18 compete in teams to build a model F1 car to specific design requirements using digital resources and computerised manufacturing equipment. The challenge culminates in a World Championship, which next year will be held at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Stevens, the youngest-ever British Open JICA Champion, is competing in Italy, Belgium, France, the USA and the UK in a selection of highly-contested JICA events, which include the European Championships, the Italian Open and the World Series Karting competition, the latter of which he is currently leading and will next race in on May 21 in Belgium.

As the F1 in Schools Young Driver Ambassador, Stevens will play an important role in promoting the F1 in Schools Challenge, attending regional finals as well as the National Championship in January 2007. The F1 in Schools website will host a Will Stevens Fan Club and give avid students a chance to follow the career of the up-and-coming star.

Andrew Denford, the Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, said, "Will was a natural choice for Ambassador. He is in the same age group as the students who participate in the Challenge and, just as we hope that some of the participants go on to work in the top echelons of motorsport, we hope to track Will all the way through his motor racing career into Formula One."

Stevens said he was honoured to be chosen as the F1 in Schools Young Driver Ambassador. "It's a great idea which works really well and I'm very happy to be part of promoting excellence in engineering and technology, especially in relation to motorsport. It's really exciting to be introducing students my age to new innovations and see how they can be applied in real life."

More than 3000 students from 400 schools will participate in the Challenge across the UK with 17 countries worldwide in line to attend the next World Championship.

British JICA Champion Will Stevens has been appointed the Young Driver Ambassador for F1 in Schools....

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