The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 was won by a student team from Thessaloniki, Greece, tonight, with Infinite Racing from Mandoulides School, taking the World Champions crown and lifting the famous Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, the first team from Greece to be on the World Finals podium. The team won an impressive haul of trophies, taking the Pressure Challenge Award, the Knockout Competition Award and Team Website Award.

Australian team, Infinitude were runners-up to Infinite Racing, with Endeavour from Germany taking the third place podium spot. A total of 23 awards were presented at the glittering Awards Celebration Gala Dinner held this evening with a star-studded audience of Formula 1 team representatives, drivers and paddock personalities. The World Champions win coveted City University London and UCL Engineering scholarships.

Stelios Mavromatis from Infinite Racing said of being crowned World Champions, “It was an amazing night. We were very surprised to be Champions, we did everything we could and hoped for a good position, but we really didn’t expect to win. Our secret to success was the teamwork and our manufacturing which was excellent, it was good solid engineering and getting the best results from every team member is the key to our win. We are just amazed to be Champions, it’s been such a lifetime experience, we are all thrilled with our achievements.”

The evening kicked off with the final round of the popular knockout competition, contested by eventual champions, Infinite Racing and their Athens rivals, Aeolus Racing. Infinite Racing coped with the high pressure atmosphere to win both races and take this title, which brought with it a very special opportunity – to race a McLaren Racing F1 in Schools car.

Two graduate engineers at the championship winning Formula 1 team had taken on the tough challenge of designing and making an F1 in Schools car, as well as their own Launch Energy Recovery System (LERS). Infinite Racing, Knockout Racing Champions raced the McLaren prototype, just pipping the newcomers to take another win.

Stelios added, “It was very close racing, but we had the passion, our reaction time was good and we won, both against our Greece rivals and the Formula 1 team. Our car has run superbly and has proved to be quick, both with and without LERS, we’re really pleased to have won tonight.”

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.

The 2016 World Finals was held this week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas, USA with three days of intense competition between 39 teams from 23 countries. After all their hard work the students will be rewarded with a trip to Circuit Of The Americas tomorrow for a pit lane walk and the opportunity to attend the 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. 

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 takes place with the assistance of a host of supporters including Formula One Management, Circuit Of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, Luke 1977, City University London and UCL Engineering.

Full list of award winners:

World Champions supported by Formula One Management, City University London, UCL Engineering

INFINITE RACING -Mandoulides Schools – Greece

2nd  Place supported by Circuit of the Americas

Infinitude - Brighton Secondary School & St Bede's College - Australia

3rd Place suppored by The IET

Endeavour - Gymnasium Unterrieden Sindelfingen, Karl-Friedrich-Gymnasium Mannheim, Kurfürst-Friedrich-Gymnasium Heidelberg - Germany

Best Engineered Car Award supported by Williams Racing

Knight Hawks -The Indian High School, Dubai -United Arab Emirates

Research and Development Award supported by McLaren Honda

Knight Hawks -The Indian High School, Dubai -United Arab Emirates

 The Best International Collaboration Team Award supported by Shell

Fusion Racing -Pelizaeus Gymnasium Paderborn & Wilmington Grammar School for Boys -Germany & United Kingdom

 Innovative Thinking Award supported by Renault Sport F1 Team

Panteras Racing - Universidad Panamericana Preparatoria -Mexico

Team Sponsorship and Marketing Award supported by Manor Racing

Tachyon - Denbigh High School – Wales

Women in Motorsport Award supported by The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission

Tachyon - Denbigh High School – Wales

Team Website Award supported by Fantastic Media

INFINITE RACING, Mandoulides Schools – Greece

Image of the Week Award supported by Sutton Images

Fast Tech Crew - Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium -Germany

Knockout Competition Winners supported by Haas F1 Team

INFINITE RACING -Mandoulides Schools - Greece

Social Media Award supported by ID PR & Marketing

Fast Tech Crew - Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium –Germany

Enterprise Portfolio Award supported by F1 in Schools

Enigma UK - Robert May's School - UK

Verbal Presentation Award supported by Pirelli

Tachyon - Denbigh High School – Wales

Pit Display Award supported by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Kinetikos Racing –Inveralmond Community High School - Scotland

Pressure Challenge Award supported by Autodesk

INFINITE RACING, Mandoulides Schools – Greece

Outstanding Sportsmanship Award supported by Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Airy Eagles - HTBLA Steyr & Vienna International School - Austria

Team Identity Award supported by Scuderia Ferrari

Kinetikos Racing -Inveralmond Community High School - Scotland

Fastest Car Award supported by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team Infinitude - Brighton Secondary School & St Bede's College -Australia

Chair of Judges Recognition of Achievement Award supported by Red Bull Racing

Harlem United -Harlem High School -USA

Scrutineering Award supported by F1 in Schools

Supermac's Racing -St. Brigid's College, Ireland

Best Newcomer Award supported by Sauber F1 Team

Finkas -Markham College - Peru

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