The F1 in Schools World Finals, supported by LG, took place in Singapore this evening and was won by Team Unitus from the USA.
There was a good turn out from the F1 Paddock with racers Kamui Kobayashi, Lucas di Grassi and Lotus Technical director Mike Gascoyne among the personalities handing out awards. I hosted it for the sixth year in a row and was stunned by the increase in quality of the entries from last year to this.
It was the most closely fought championship so far in the event’s 10 year history, particularly for the podium places, with a team from Germany in third, a collaboration between Australia and the UAE in runners up spot and the Americans on top.
F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 use CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars. It has the full backing of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who dropped in this afternoon to check out the action and meet the teams.
The chair of judges this year was former Jordan, Jaguar and Stewart technical director Gary Anderson,
“I’m blown away by it,” said Anderson “The professionalism of the organizers, we’ve had a team of judges. The students and teachers are very professional, they sit the other side of the desk explaining why they’ve interpreted a certain rule a certain way– it’s like F1 backwards, I’ve been the other side of the desk arguing with the FIA!”