1. Team Name
The Abwin Ulteamate
2. Explain how you chose your team name
Our team name is a combination of ‘team’ and ‘ultimate’, signifying our focus and direction for this competition. We believe that working together as a team would enable us to break through individual capabilities and reach greater heights, achieving excellence in the competition. Abwin is our main sponsor, and hence has been awarded the naming rights to our team.
3. Country/s represented
4. School/s represented
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
5. Town of School(s)
6. Number of males / Number of females on team
7. Teams Facebook page
8. Teams Twitter handle
9. Teams website
10. Briefly outline the history of your team
The team was formed in 2014 and won overall champions in Nationals 2014. Our personalities and skill set complimented each other, and each of us worked hard to do our best for the competition.
11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)
The Ulteamate placed overall champions in the 2014 National F1 in Schools Challenge.
12. Describe your team in three words
Driven (hehe pun), Fun and Fast
13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?
Cliché as it seems, definitely being the team on their home ground!! We are close to our supporters and in a somewhat familiar environment. Another thing is that our team likes to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. We are a bunch that always aims to stand out of the crowd, to think of crazy and totally new ideas and take the risk to make the idea happen.
14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?
Our team has shared many cool experiences thanks to F1 in Schools, but the most exciting would probably be the time we recorded our radio interview with 91.3FM. It was the first time any of us had ever seen inside a radio station, not to mention being recorded and put on radio! Most of us were afraid at first, being unsure of what to say. But the session was soon filled with laughter as the host was very entertaining and made us feel very comfortable!
15. We can laugh now - Tell us about one of your team’s funniest moments, maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!
Our team has a crazy sense of humour and most of our discussions always end up in laughter over the ‘creative’ ideas we try to come up with for our pit booth etc. The best story is probably our crazy idea to put up a TV instead of a normal poster during 2014 Nationals. In an effort to be unique and outstanding, our team ordered a piece of wood and a 42-inch TV screen to be mounted on our small exhibition booth. However, the contractor for the wood came very late and we were running out of time for set-up of everything else. So while everyone else was busy doing finishing touches to their booth, ours was simply empty with just a huge TV leaning against the board. It was an extremely stressful moment then, but now looking back it’s kind of funny how anyone at the start would’ve expected us to win overall champs based on the bare exhibition booth we had during prep! .
16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?
Our biggest challenge for this competition has definitely been time management. Ren Ying and Julia have just entered their first year of junior college - a new environment with more work and commitments, while Yimian, Rachel and Jolyn are in their final year of secondary school. Having to juggle academics, numerous extra-curricular commitments, and yet find time to meet up or work on our various tasks for the competition hasn’t been easy but we know the World Finals experience will make it all worthwhile!
17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?
The entire week of making new friends, learning about different cultures, viewing different teams’ pit booths and just having the privilege to represent Singapore on home ground. Definitely will be an experience of a lifetime!
18. What are your expectations for the WFs?
The Ulteamate hopes that all the time and effort put in for the competition will pay off and that we will achieve an even higher ranking for Singapore this year! Just as importantly, our team also hopes that we’ll have an enjoyable and meaningful experience where our bonds of friendship will grow even stronger and our knowledge in different areas of F1 will be even greater.
19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1? Who’s your favourite driver(s)?
All of us joined the competition by choice, but for different reasons and interests. Some of us were interested in the marketing aspect while others wanted to learn design and engineering. However, it can definitely be said that our passion for F1 has increased as our journey progressed - as we learnt more, felt more for it and forged stronger friendships. Julia’s favourite driver is Fernando Alonso because she feels he’s the most consistently good driver with a good attitude and nice personality! :)