1. Team Name

Road Runners

2. Explain how you chose your team name

When trying to figure out a name that could help us stand out from the other teams, we wanted to associate our team with speed. We were inspired by the popular cartoon - The Road Runner Show, so we chose this catchy and easy-to-remember name for our team.

3. Country/s represented

Greece

4. School/s represented

Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greek- German School of Athens)

5. Town of School(s)

Athens

6. Number of males /  Number of females on team

4 Males

7. Teams Facebook page

Click here!

8. Teams Twitter handle

@F1RoadRunners

9. Teams website

Click here!

10. Briefly outline the history of your team

The team was created by the Team Manager in 2013. Its goal was to reach 2014’s Abu Dhabi World Finals, by surpassing the accomplishments of the other Greek teams. Consisting of George Iordanidis, George Papadakis and Konstantine Iordanidis, the team did not manage to succeed in 2014’s Regionals, and thus, they concentrate on planning the fundamentals for a successful new season. George Tsantrizos joined the team to enhance the Marketing Department. The team began working together and soon the organization and friendship between its members boosted their output to a high degree. By establishing sponsors that still support the team (for instance, FEAC Engineering remains the Grand sponsor of the team for their FEA and CFD simulation services) and using their innovative ideas to their advantage, the team managed to win 1st place in the Regional Finals, later validating their hard work with a second-place win in the National Finals and thereby ensuring a position to compete in this year’s World Finals.

11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)

Road Runners ranked 1st in the Regional Finals with a very high score. Moving on to the National Finals the team did a great job in all the sections of the competition and managed to rank overall 2nd among other 16 great Greek teams. The team was also honoured with the best website award and nominated for the Innovative Thinking Award, the Best Design and Manufacture Award, the Best Portfolio Award, the Team Identity Award and the Social Media Award.

12. Describe your team in three words 

Ambitious, Determined, Persistent

13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?

Our team failed to qualify in last year’s Regionals, but this didn’t dispirit us. We focused on our goal - to represent Greece in the World Finals. We learned from our mistakes, and improved our skills in all the sections of the competition. The disappointment turned into determination, so in 2015 we managed to qualify for the World Finals. We fought to get there, and we will continue to fight to reach our ambitious goals. The tenacious and hard-working character of all the members is, in our opinion, what will make us stand out.

14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?

The most unforgettable moment was definitely when the National Finals Results were announced: Seeing that all our efforts had paid off, we started screaming in front of everyone. The dream was real! 

15. We can laugh now - Tell us about one of your team’s funniest moments, maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!

At the National Finals, the frame we used to line the inside of our pit display did not fit the given space, so we had to figure out a solution. In brief, we used a saw on the spot, which was quite a sight to see!  Despite the difficulties we managed to finish the setup on time and create a great looking pit display which was judged among the best in the Finals.

16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?

Apart from having to balance school duties and work for the competition, our team had to face another unexpected challenge: the economic crisis in Greece, leading to Capital Controls and the closing of the Greek banks, exactly when we were looking to raise funds. This made it extremely difficult for companies to give sponsorships, but it also made it difficult for us to make our transactions and to order products through the internet, as the bank transfer and PayPal methods were banned between Greece and other countries. Despite the obstacles, we managed to exceed our starting budget prediction and to successfully register for the World Finals.

17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?

The trip to Singapore will be the experience of a lifetime for all of us: for three years, we have been watching live streams of World Finals, but now it is our time to shine. We are looking forward to literally everything!

18. What are your expectations for the WFs?

Throughout the 2-year career of our team in F1 in schools, we have set many goals. Our final and biggest goal is to be the first Greek team to reach the top 5 while also to secure an award for our team.

19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1?  Who’s your favourite driver(s)? 

Before participating in the competition we didn’t really watch F1 races, but through our participation in F1 in Schools our interest in the sport has grown. This year we eagerly sat in front of our TV to watch the Grand Prix. Our Marketing Manager is a Hamilton fan, while all the other members support Sebastian Vettel.