RISING STARS OF F1 JET OFF TO MALAYSIA
UAE Students to Compete in the 2011 F1 in SchoolsTM World Championship in Kuala Lumpur
Abu Dhabi, 16 September 2011 – The two winning teams from this year’s UAE F1 in SchoolsTM Challenge, hosted by Yas Marina Circuit and supported by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), departed for Kuala Lumpur today. Team Red Shift and Revolution Racing will compete in the 2011 F1 in SchoolsTM World Championship, taking place in the Malaysian capital from 19-21 September, a week prior to the Singapore GP.
In April this year, the two teams, both from Dubai College, were crowned as the winners and runners-up of the 2010/11 UAE National F1 in Schools Challenge. Sponsored by Mubadala, with flights courtesy of Etihad, the teams will compete against 23 other representatives from 17 countries, across four continents.
Cultivating cultural understanding and global awareness are important aspects of the F1 in Schools World Championship. The event places a heavy emphasis on promoting friendship and goodwill. As such, UAE runners-up, Revolution Racing have been given the opportunity to collaborate with a Malaysian team and will compete under the joint name, AXIS.
“We are delighted to see another two teams representing the UAE head-off to compete in the F1 in Schools world championship,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit. “It is a great opportunity for students to engage through the world of motorsport in key learning disciplines such as design, management, marketing and above all teamwork. We wish both teams the best of luck as they represent the UAE in a great challenge at an international level.”
At last year’s F1 in Schools World Championship, the two UAE representative teams performed exceptionally well, taking second place overall and collecting two other major awards.
Mubadala’s support for the F1 in Schools Programme stems from the company’s goal of fostering a greater appreciation for engineering, science and technology among the UAE’s youth in order to equip them to succeed in the new economic sectors the investment and development company is creating in Abu Dhabi.
The championship event runs over three days, whereby the students are required to present team plans and marketing strategies to a panel of judges and, on the third day, compete in a knockout racing competition. Scores across all disciplines are tallied and a trophy is presented to the winning team at an elaborate awards ceremony, attended by a number of important dignitaries and guests from the world of Formula One racing.
Schools and students who are interested in competing in the 2011/12 F1 in SchoolsTM Challenge can register and learn more about the programme by visiting http://www.f1inschools.ae
About Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is probably one of the world's most iconic sporting venues. Located on Yas Island, the circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts an extensive programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. Supplementary facilities include the Yas Drag Racing Centre, the Yas Racing School and the Yas Kartzone.