Students Gear Up for the Second UAE F1 in Schools Championship
Finals to take place at Yas Marina Circuit on 25-26 April
Abu Dhabi, 19 April 2011 – Across the UAE, primary and secondary school students are preparing for the finals of the UAE’s F1 in Schools Challenge taking place at the end of April. The competition, now in its second year, is run by Yas Marina Circuit and supported by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), as an initiative to promote the various disciplines of the motorsport industry to students ranging in age from 9 – 19 years.
Following the national finals, the winning secondary school team will be given the chance to take part in the F1 in Schools World Championship in Malaysia later this year, where they will compete for the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy and a four-year university scholarship for each winning team member.
UAE teams finished in second place overall and collected two other major awards in the 2010 F1 in Schools World Championship, and this year’s challenge has attracted 110 teams from 85 schools across the UAE. Six primary school teams have been invited to participate for the first time in the UAE F1 in Schools Primary Schools Championship on 25 April, and 15 secondary school teams have been selected to compete in the UAE F1 in Schools Secondary School Championship on 26 April.
Richard Cregan, Chief Executive of Yas Marina Circuit, commented: “The participation in this year’s event is a testament to the quality of education and opportunity the F1 in Schools Challenge is providing for UAE students. Our goal is to underline the diversity of skills and careers in the motorsports industry, while helping to inject some of the excitement of Formula 1 into the school curriculum. Our teams last year were exceptional and we hope to take the same quality of entry with us to the World Championship again.”
Each participating team is required to design and build a working miniature Formula 1 car, whilst replicating the operations of a Formula 1 team. The primary school students will work on a miniature drag racer. Judging parameters range from vehicle performance to the overall course of action taken to achieve this. Points are awarded across the entire process from the overall business plan and team management to engineering and design, right through to marketing and sponsorship.
The finals will take place at Yas Marinca Circuit from the 25-26 April; the Primary Schools Championship with run on the Monday, followed by the Secondary School Championship and World Championship Qualifying on the Tuesday.
About Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is one of the most technologically advanced motor racing facilities ever developed. 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.