Infinite Racing, a team of students from Greece, who were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions 2016 earlier this week, were given a day to remember yesterday when Formula 1™ boss, Bernie Ecclestone, presented the F1 in Schools™ Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy to the team of five 16 and 17 year olds from Mandoulides Schools, Thessaloniki.
Meeting Mr.Ecclestone in the paddock at the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, the team were thrilled when the F1™ boss gave his time to meet with them in the FOM hospitality suite. He showed great interest in their world-beating scale model F1 race car and gave the Infinite Racing team members advice on how to start a career in Formula 1.
Andreas Papamavros from Infinite Racing said after the meeting, “We are so excited by this experience, we are quite overawed by all the attention that we are being given, with this very special presentation. We’ve also met so many drivers and lead engineers who have all congratulated us on our achievements. It’s been an unbelievable day.”
Founder and Chairman Andrew Denford said of the trophy presentation to Infinite Racing by Mr. Ecclestone, “We’re very proud to have the support of Bernie and Formula One Management and we value the help he gives us and for always finding tine to present his trophy in the paddock which is a memorable experience for the students and a real endorsement for F1 in Schools.”
He added, “ The students worked tremendously hard to achieve their success, so it is great for them to have recognition from the man at the helm of Formula 1.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 was held over the course of 4 days at the Hyatt Regency, with 39 teams from 23 countries brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for the prestigious 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 programme operates in 45 countries. Each of the National Champions and runners-up are invited to compete at the World Finals and third placed teams are invited to participate by forming a collaboration team, linking with a runners-up team from another country.
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 takes 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.