For most engineering students interested in F1, the chance to work alongside design guru Adrian Newey at Red Bull Racing would be considered as the Holy Grail.
For 12 students who have been shortlisted for the finals of an engineering academy backed by Red Bull title partner Infiniti, the opportunity is now in touching distance.
The finalists come from the USA, China, Australia, Sudan and the UK. The 12 will compete to win a 12-month engineering role with the team at its Milton Keynes’ Headquarters; including accommodation in the UK, Infiniti company car and a full salary. Out of 1,500 international engineering students from over 100 universities, the final 12 includes nine men and three women.
They will come to the UK for a three day finals event taking place at Infiniti’s European Technical Center at Cranfield and the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes. The three winners will be unveiled by Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey on July 3rd.
Newey, 55, dropped out of school with no A levels, but clawed his way back into education thanks to his passion for motorsport. He said that his goal is for the winners to be, “Inspired and realize their dream of working in the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One. Judging by the applications submitted, it is great to see so much passion and enthusiasm from our engineers of the future.”
The 12 finalists are:
Christien Blencowe, 25, from Melbourne, Australia (Engineering at Monash University)
Andrew Trathen, 22, from Melbourne, Australia (Engineering at Monash University)
Qin Li, 22, from Hunan, China (Vehicle Engineering at Tongji University)
Wei Zhao Zhang, 22, from Beijing, China (Engineering at Tsinghua University)
Yijia He, 22, from Sichuan Province in China (Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College in London)
Yoga Nadaraajan, 21, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (studies Electronics Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
William Priest, 23, from Exeter, UK (studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Exeter).
Alejandro Diaz, 22, from Miami, Florida (studies Science in Mechanical Engineering at Florida International University)
Eric LaRoche, 25, from Hamilton Square, New Jersey, (studies Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park),
Jason Zide, 21, from Laguna Beach in California (studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California)
Austin Volk, 22, from Oregon (studies Science in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University)
Alaa Ahmed, 23, from Sudan. She studies Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional in Malaysia