Australia crowned F1 in Schools champion


Horizon, a team of students from Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide, were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions 2018 at the 14th F1 in Schools World Finals, held this year at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.

Irish team, CCJ Autovinco from St Brigid’s College, Loughrea, County Galway were runners-up with Perspective, a US team representing Palmetto High School, from Bradenton, Florida in third place.

Horizon Team Manager,  James Gurney, said of winning: “We’re feeling on top of the world. For some of us it’s been three or four years working on this, but we’ve had late nights and an amazing journey. The engineering behind our car was very precise and we were constantly improving and refining it to make the best product possible. We were perfectionists, making sure nothing was half hearted, the effort and dedication we put in, were the key for us. The experience will be something we’ll hold for the rest of our lives.”

F1 in schools

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Whilst we’re on the theme, the F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 was won by a student team from Athens, Greece with Infinite Racing from Mandoulides School taking the World Champions crown and lifting the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy – the first team from Greece to be on the World Finals podium.

The team won an impressive haul of trophies, with the Pressure Challenge Award, the Knockout Competition Award and Team Website Award.

Australian team, Infinitude were runners-up to Infinite Racing, with Endeavour from Germany taking the third place podium spot. A total of 23 awards were presented at the glittering Awards Celebration Gala Dinner with a star-studded audience of Formula 1 team representatives, drivers and paddock personalities. The World Champions win coveted City University London and UCL Engineering scholarships.

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.

The 2016 World Finals was held this week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas with three days of intense competition between 39 teams from 23 countries.

Full list of award winners:

World Champions supported by Formula One Management, City University London, UCL Engineering
INFINITE RACING -Mandoulides Schools – Greece

2nd Place supported by Circuit of the Americas
Infinitude – Brighton Secondary School & St Bede’s College – Australia

3rd Place supported by The IET
Endeavour – Gymnasium Unterrieden Sindelfingen, Karl-Friedrich-Gymnasium Mannheim, Kurfürst-Friedrich-Gymnasium Heidelberg – Germany

Best Engineered Car Award supported by Williams Racing
Knight Hawks – The Indian High School, Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Research and Development Award supported by McLaren Honda
Knight Hawks – The Indian High School, Dubai – United Arab Emirates

The Best International Collaboration Team Award supported by Shell
Fusion Racing – Pelizaeus Gymnasium Paderborn & Wilmington Grammar School for Boys – Germany & UK

Innovative Thinking Award supported by Renault Sport F1 Team
Panteras Racing – Universidad Panamericana Preparatoria – Mexico

Team Sponsorship and Marketing Award supported by Manor Racing
Tachyon – Denbigh High School – Wales

Women in Motorsport Award supported by The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission
Tachyon – Denbigh High School – Wales

Team Website Award supported by Fantastic Media
INFINITE RACING, Mandoulides Schools – Greece

Image of the Week Award supported by Sutton Images
Fast Tech Crew – Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium – Germany

Knockout Competition Winners supported by Haas F1 Team
INFINITE RACING – Mandoulides Schools – Greece

Social Media Award supported by ID PR & Marketing
Fast Tech Crew – Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium – Germany

Enterprise Portfolio Award supported by F1 in Schools
Enigma UK – Robert May’s School – UK

Verbal Presentation Award supported by Pirelli
Tachyon – Denbigh High School – Wales

Pit Display Award supported by Scuderia Toro Rosso
Kinetikos Racing – Inveralmond Community High School – Scotland

Pressure Challenge Award supported by Autodesk
INFINITE RACING, Mandoulides Schools – Greece

Outstanding Sportsmanship Award supported by Sahara Force India Formula One Team
Airy Eagles – HTBLA Steyr & Vienna International School – Austria

Team Identity Award supported by Scuderia Ferrari
Kinetikos Racing – Inveralmond Community High School – Scotland

Fastest Car Award supported by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team Infinitude – Brighton Secondary School & St Bede’s College -Australia

Chair of Judges Recognition of Achievement Award supported by Red Bull Racing
Harlem United – Harlem High School – US

Scrutineering Award supported by F1 in Schools
Supermac’s Racing – St. Brigid’s College, Ireland

Best Newcomer Award supported by Sauber F1 Team
Finkas -Markham College – Peru


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Sponsors required for Team Blaze

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Images of the team’s car and below, the design and manufacturing stages.


We’ve covered the progress of the F1 in Schools challenge over the years. It’s the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars.

But what’s it like to actually be in one of the teams. Based in Latymer Upper School Team Blaze is formed of team leader Joe, in-house PR whizz Ed and engineer Ishan.

Here’s Ed’s account…


Why should you read this, for it is quite clearly just trying to promote a team. But then again “history is written by the victors” so is not all writing, at heart, promotion of the writer? Even if it is you might as well still read the article as I hope you shall find it interesting, and if you have taken the effort to read this the rest won’t take long to read.

About the challenge

Before I talk about my experiences and hopes in the F1 in Schools competition I ought to explain what it is. In a very brief way F1 in Schools is an international competition which involves students designing, building and racing a 30cm long CO2 powered racing car. The competition takes place over three events: regional, national and international finals, with the winners from each going on to the next round.

However, explaining something in this way would be like trying to describe a human as a mere congregation of flesh and blood. The competition is much more (if I were an unoriginal writer I might call it a “journey” but that would be heavily clichéd) than just a competition as it really helps to learn things and discover skills.


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The team

My current team consists of four members, two of whom, me included, were in a different team which competed a few years ago. In this previous team my job could not have been more different, I was dealing solely with the design and manufacture of the car and utterly ignored publicity and public relations and left that to other members.

This team dynamic seemed to make sense as I was doing a Design and Technology GCSE and so on the surface I was perfect for the job. That team did work and we realised that we were all reasonably good at our roles. We even came fifth in the London regional finals. But then when we came to start a new team, as some members had decided to prioritise other pursuits, we realised it was a rather odd team.

As I, the one thinking of doing Humanities at university, was going to do the engineering whereas our current team engineer was going to do publicity and PR when he wanted to become an engineer. We realised that this was not going to help us that much as we all wanted to develop skills that would help in the future. By swapping these roles we realised that we could actually do more things that we gave ourselves credit for.

Learning new skills

I learned that, although I was not the most social and was the one team member who did not use any social media personally, I could handle social media rather successfully. This is why we really are doing the F1 in Schools competition, not to win, but to develop skills and learn what we can do.

Also the competition really helped to show what F1 really is about. To people vaguely interested they would assume that this would be the cars. However, as soon as you start taking part in a competition based around F1 you realise that, although the design and manufacture is very important, the funding aspect is much more important.

There is no point having an intricate car design if it cannot be turned into reality. This requires funding and shows how pivotal the funding is, this pivotal nature is further shown by how all other things require money. This funding also shows the importance of publicity as raising sponsorship is much harder than someone might expect.

We need your sponsorship

Now back to that idea with which I started: promotion. I seem to have talked about many things about how great the competition is without promoting my team. And as I have hopefully shown you this competition is very useful, but the desire to compete alone is not enough. To be able to take part in the competition, we must raise sponsorship to fund the manufacture of our car and other things necessary for our success in the competition.

If you would like to support us in this competition, please do get in touch at

Also check us out on Twitter: @Blaze_F1_Team

And do remember that quotation, if we win we shall be able to write the history and let show what a great help our sponsors have been to us.


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Team Blaze logo

On a more positive note



Colossus F1, an F1 in Schools team representing England at the 2014 F1 in Schools World Finals this week in Abu Dhabi has claimed a new world record with the team’s car sprinting along the F1 in Schools 20 metre race track in a time of 1.003 seconds, shaving nearly two-hundredths of a second off the previous record – 1.020 seconds – held for seven years by Northern Irish team, TEAM FUGA.

The record-breaking run was not without controversy. Just as in F1, the team were challenged for pushing the boundaries of the regulations, with the fastest of the team’s runs using an air cushion device at the start gate, an innovation designed by Colossus F1 to minimise air loss when the car was released.

The team, however, believes that another of its ‘innovations’, a water tunnel test programme, also gave it the edge which produced the world record time.

The opening ceremony of this year’s event, being held at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, preceded the first day of judging in this global educational initiative, with the 38 teams in the spotlight for the first of two days of intense scrutiny with verbal presentations, pit display and portfolio assessments and plenty of high speed action in the racing time trials.

Celebrating 10 years of the international F1 in Schools competition, the event was opened by Al Tareq Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit. Just under four hours later Colossus F1 broke the world record.


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