Newey to spearhead Engineering Academy To Find The Next F1 innovators
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Posted By:   |  25 Aug 2013   |  7:59 am GMT  |  12 comments

Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey and his technical staff have launched a new programme with the team’s title partner Infiniti to offer engineering graduates the opportunity to complete a twelve month internship at the team’s Headquarters in Milton Keynes, as part of the ‘Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy’.

The scheme – set up to bring through the next group of future F1 innovators – will begin in September 2014 and includes work in both Milton Keynes and at the Infiniti Technical Centre, just eight miles down the road in Cranfield.

The candidates will be whittled down to two interns who will be given the chance to work alongside some of the leading brains in motorsport.

The Academy’s stated goals are increasing performance and innovation within Formula One, before making transferable use out of the skills, knowledge and materials that can aid in the innovation of road cars.

“One of the key advantages of our partnership with Infiniti is our ability to utilise their resources, from materials to processes and people,” added Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

“As such it is really interesting for us to benefit from a worldwide selection process which brings the best new talent through our door. The speed of technical development in Formula One means that fresh thinking is crucial in keeping ahead of the other teams and we hope that providing an opportunity for world class graduates to work with us will provide long term performance benefits for us and for Infiniti.”

“The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy is a unique opportunity for top engineering talents from around the world,” said Johan De Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company.

“They can experience the highest levels of performance and precision in both Formula One and in road car engineering. We are looking for candidates who share our passion, and we open up an avenue for them to become an elite member of the Infiniti engineering team in the future.”

Due to the global reach of the Academy, the selection process will take place across several world regions.

The applicants will be assessed on their performance potential and their ability to think innovatively, with a group of selected finalists presenting their ideas to technical staff from both Infiniti and Red Bull Racing, before the final candidates are announced during the weekend of 2014 British Grand Prix.


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Surely he problem is that really original innovation has become illegal in F1. The FIA designs the concept of the car in some detail, the team engineers try to gain advantage by playing around with the permitted detail.


Good luck trying to select two candidates out of the thousands that will apply. Glad that won’t be my job. 🙂


Now this is something that is really great. My hat goes off to Red Bull. As a whole, I feel youngsters don’t have remotely the consciousness of how amazing engineering is as they should. Anything F1 teams can do to help is wonderful.


That is great news! Nice to see RBR giving back to the engineering community. I wish this was around 7 years ago when I was still working on a break into F1.


i posted this idea on the bbc site back in 2009 and am very happy red bull has gone this route. it’s a matter of time before the rest join in. 2 graduates a year is more than enough to find replacements for newey and the other strong engineers who are on their way out.

to be top of this game you need driver academies, mechanic academies as well as engineering academies to increase your chances of finding gifted individuals for the right jobs.


This sounds like an amazing internship, shame it’s only open to 2. So much talent wasted.


Exactly my point, why call it an academy when only 2 interns are in with a chance?


Great news! It’s not easy for graduates at the moment, certainly ones who want to go into motorsport. I’m going to have to apply when I graduate!


Secret project, Adrian, please –

Let them spearhead the development of something as innovative as the Nissan Deltawing –

F1’s too ossified a formula to justify perpetuating.


Next 20 titles for RBR, Im off to MotoGP


where the next 20 titles will go to honda & marquez.


Of course if the next 20 went to someone you support then it wouldn’t be an issue?

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