1. Team Name
2. Explain how you chose your team name
We originally came up with name Quintessence (meaning perfection) but after thinking about it for a few days we all come to the conclusion that we wanted our name to represent a world class F1 team, not a perfume, so we went back to the drawing board. We then came up with Green Streak. Our name represents our car in the way in which its shear speed leaves every spectator with only the glimpse of a green streak. We thought green was a unique and unusual colour to use for such a competition so we used it because we wanted to stand out.
3. Country/s represented
We are representing South Africa and all the countries in Africa. (as far as we know, no other teams are participating from the whole of Africa so we are essentially representing our continent)
4. School/s represented
We are all in Grade 10 at Grantleigh College.
5. Town of School(s)
Grantleigh is in Mposa, near Richards Bay on the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
6. Number of males / Number of females on team
2 males and 4 females
7. Teams Facebook page
8. Teams Twitter handle
9. Teams website
Click here! (site still under construction)
10. Briefly outline the history of your team
In November last year we had a presentation on the F1 in schools challenge and all loved it. We are all very different and if you asked us all last year if we thought we would ever be in a team together going to the world finals, we probably would have laughed. This is the first time our school has had a team participating in this challenge and it is a competition very foreign to anything else we have ever seen in South Africa before.
11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)
We were the South African champions- we also won the best engineered car and the best portfolio.
12. Describe your team in three words
Competitive, focused and fun.
13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?
We come from a very different part of the world compared to everyone else and definitely have a very different spin on how things are done. I feel we definitely bring some of our South African flavour and culture to the competition. We are an extremely diverse group whom has managed to integrate just the right amount creativity with engineering.
14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?
For the mock race before the finals we had a slight error in the size of our axles and wheels causing the wheels to be very wobbly and having to be secured with cable ties! All the teams laughed at our car and brushed off our car as any competition. We then ran times that beat the South African record. Needless to say we have since gotten rid of the cable ties. It was extremely memorable moment for all of us that marked our determination to take the competition all the way.
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 finals during an interview before one of our races, one of our team members in a moment of nervousness and confusion changed the gender of one of our team members. This caused our group to be made up of three girls and three boys instead of four girls and two boys. This proved to be a well-used joke by all officials and viewers for the rest of the weekend.
16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?
Our biggest challenge in this competition in sponsorship and the difficulty of importing components of our car. Living in South Africa, the exchange rates are against us and getting materials to such a remote area where we live proves quite challenging at times.
17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?
This competition is by far the most exciting experience of every one of our lives. The fact that we get to travel to a foreign country, meet people from all over the world who have just done what we have as well as see something we have worked so hard on come to life, is absolutely exhilarating. To pin point one aspect we are most looking forward to is difficult but we would probably all agree it has to be showing all the other teams what South Africa is made of.
18. What are your expectations for the WFs?
To be honest, as exciting as the world finals is, it is also quite daunting. The world finals is on a level we have never seen before or experienced. The teams competing are world class and we are expecting to be blown away by all their work.
19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1? Who’s your favourite driver(s)?
Some of us have always watched Formula one while others only now that we have become involved in the competition. We are split up equally between the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Both teams are racing for Mercedes and we admire Mercedes’ innovative engineering and superlative level of racing.