The Duke and Duchess of Sussex experienced the thrills and fun of F1 in Schools racing during their recent visit to Melbourne, one of the stops on their Australia tour.  

F1 in Schools World Champions, Hyperdrive, a team of boys from Trinity Grammar School Kew, Melbourne, had the honour of meeting the royal couple at Government House in Melbourne and watching them race miniature Formula 1 cars on their F1 in Schools track.

Hugh Bowman, Team Manager, said of the occasion, “It was a privilege and honour to be recognised by the Governor of Victoria and have the opportunity to attend Government House for the reception for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was surreal and mesmerising to be able to meet Prince Harry and Meghan and invite them to race each other on the F1 in Schools track. Their warmness and friendliness made talking to them very easy, and they were obviously extremely interested in the F1 in Schools programme and greatly enjoyed competing against each other. They both had big smiles and were laughing together, and certainly didn't expect how fast the cars would go! Prince Harry even commented "we need one of these [tracks] at Buckingham Palace"! 

“When we started doing F1 in Schools it was a small school project that I thought would be a great opportunity to develop a whole range of skills, but we never expected to have our lives turned upside down by it. It’s been a life changing experience, from taking the World Champions title in 2017 and having unprecedented access within the Formula 1 paddock, on the grid and atop of the podium, to now meeting and engaging with British royalty. The opportunities that F1 in Schools continues to present have been a whirlwind.” 

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools adds, “When I conceived the concept of F1 in Schools 20 years ago, it was a STEM promotion to ignite passion for engineering in students. Little did I know just how big it would become and the way it would change lives of so many students. Operating in 48 countries worldwide, every F1 in Schools programme director has a story to tell of the impact and benefits it has had for the students that are engaged with learning through practical application. For Hyperdrive the opportunity to present their world beating work to todays most high profile royal figures is something they never imagined. I’m so pleased that they are reaping the rewards of their success through moments such as the Government House reception.” 

“The global media coverage that F1 in Schools has received from this short interlude in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Australia visit has been outstanding and we’ve been overwhelmed with interest and support for the programme. I’m very proud of the role that F1 in Schools plays in enriching young people’s lives and I hope that we will continue to see students flourish through the programme for many years to come.”

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