A British technical success in Formula 1 – but this wasn’t televised. In June Britannia Red, a team of 16- and 17-year-olds from Robert May’s School in Hampshire, beat 42 rivals from 18 countries in the F1 in Schools championship. F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali announced the winners via Zoom.
F1 in Schools encourages pupils into STEM areas by tasking them to design, make and race a miniature F1 car using all the full-size tools including CAD, CFD and wind-tunnel testing. There’s a tight rule book and a standard power unit –a compressed air cartridge – with a dragstrip race-off. Strong links with the F1 industry can lead to internships, and scholarships from University College London.