EXCITEMENT BUILDS AT THE F1 IN SCHOOLS WORLD FINALS ABU DHABI 2012
It was excitement at stepping into Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and nervous anticipation of the competition ahead for the 33 teams of students from 22 countries at the F1 in Schools World Finals Abu Dhabi 2012 yesterday, the opening day of the event.
The F1 teams were setting up their pit garages at Yas Marina Circuit while the F1 in Schools teams built their pit displays in Ferrari World ahead of the judging and racing which started in the afternoon and continued today. Tomorrow starts with more racing action, with the Knockout Racing, sponsored this year by Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, a hotly contested tournament pitting team against team and testing the speed of the car and the reaction timing of the students.
Each team of between three and six students competing in the F1 in Schools World Finals brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track. The F1 in Schools World Finals teams, with three to six members in each, have won through from their National Final and in many countries, they will have had to win a Regional Final along the way, to represent their country at this international event
Gary Anderson, Chair of Judges has been involved with Formula One for over 30 years as a car designer and engineer. He said of this year’s Finalists, “F1 in Schools World Finals always showcases the best young engineering talent we have around the world, and this year is no exception. We’ve seen innovation, ingenuity, determination and extremely high professionalism in all the work they’ve produced and as always, the judging has been close in every section of the competition.
He adds, “I particularly enjoy seeing some of the design features of the cars which have been inspired by Formula One, the research and development which the students put into their cars, with wind tunnel testing and CFD analysis, and the engineering techniques which they employ in creating their scale models.”
After a busy two day’s of judging the knockout racing will bring the F1 in Schools Finalists together to watch everyone racing to win. It will be a lively atmosphere trackside with plenty of national pride at stake as they battle it out for the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Knockout Racing Award and a very special extra prize for the winners to be announced at tomorrow’s Awards Celebration event.