F1 in schools is an international competition where students design, build and race a 20th scale, Formula 1 car and build a business around that challenge.

Judges have nearly 1000 marks to award, in categories including; design and engineering, research and development, team identity, pit display, fastest car and sponsorship and marketing.

We sent two teams to the recent regional trials at South Devon UTC and both did very well.

Team Alpha are a very competitive group of six year 10 students managed by Lachlan, who competed very strongly and received the highly coveted judges S.W.award for “critical thinking”.

So congratulations to Lachlan, Moris, Aberjhit, Mithal, Simon and Edward. 

Team Hawk are a group of six year 13 students managed by Eliane. They competed at the regional finals last year where they came third, so they went into it with some experience and a clear intention to do better……

Well, they did do better, being awarded prizes for Best Engineered car, Fastest car, first place overall in the South West and an invitation to compete at the national finals at Silverstone.

Despite the planned school trip being cancelled due to snow, Team Hawk just regarded this as another problem to be solved. With the help of parents they were able to get to Silverstone and compete.

Team Hawk were nominated for three awards, namely Best Team Identity, Best Social Media, and for a special Judges recommendation.

They were also placed third nationally out of 42 finalists and with that comes an invitation to compete at the World finals in Singapore in September; coinciding with the Singapore Grand Prix 2018

For those of you who might think that F1 in schools is a bunch of kids racing little home made cars down a track - it's not……it's so much more than that!……….

First off, it’s a premier, international, STEM competition; It’s a platform at which world-leading, racing and production car companies and engineering and technology companies come looking for future talent. To give you an idea of that, the event sponsors include: Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams racing, amongst many other prestigious companies. These companies also send employees to act as the judges.

Many global engineering companies such as Rolls Royce, Nissan, Toyota and BMW choose to support the various teams in this competition.

To be placed third nationally really is a huge achievement by Eliane, Charlie, Ian, Jake, Anthony and Alex and reflects their intelligence, dedication, maturity and determination to both get to the event and to do so well.

F1 Hawk winners

At our post-event celebration dinner at the first McDonalds we came to, we bumped into one of the verbal presentation judges. She told us she had heard the McLaren judge comment that the technical drawings of team HAWK were the best he had ever seen and he had awarded them full marks.

Team Hawk will go to Singapore in September with the best of the best from over 40 different countries, to represent themselves, their school and their country on a world stage……so it is with absolute joy and delight that we wish them good luck with their attempt at world domination in Singapore!


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