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Alonso engineering scholarship announced 23 Feb 2007

Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren looks at his new weapon. McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 Launch, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain, 15 January 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton.

The future of motorsport in Spain looks even brighter, following the unveiling of a new scholarship programme for budding Spanish engineers. World champion Fernando Alonso took a break from Formula One testing to help launch the scheme, named in his honour, in Madrid.

The ‘Fernando Alonso scholarship’ has been created by Spanish bank Cajastur, who currently sponsor Alonso, and will enable 12 post-graduate students to study engineering at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Each scholarship is worth approximately 36,000 Euros.

Participants will study either an MSc in motorsports engineering or in race engine design at Oxford Brookes. The university, which is based in the heart of the UK’s ‘motorsport valley’, boasts a teaching staff that includes Geoff Goddard, a former chief designer at Cosworth.