Piquet, Trulli, Glock praise F1 in Schools 13 Mar 2008
Renaults Nelson Piquet Jr and Toyota team mates Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock have become the latest famous figures in Formula One racing to give their backing to the F1 in Schools challenge ahead of next week's world championships.
The annual contest sees school children, aged 11 to 18, from all over the world use CAD/CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture, test and race miniature Formula One cars made from balsa wood and powered by CO2 cylinders. The world championships will take place in Kuala Lumpur in March, during the build up to the Malaysian Grand Prix.
F1 in Schools is an exciting project, said Piquet Jr. Its great that so many youngsters all over the world want to get involved and are showing an interest in the design and engineering of racing cars. They are the engineers of the future and schemes like this can inspire them to follow their dreams and maybe one day work in Formula One."
With just seven days to go, the 25 teams who have won a place in the finals are busy fine-tuning their miniature model cars as they prepare for the all important time trials on the final day of the world championships. Teams will race their cars against each other along a 20-metre, two-lane track at a scale speed of over 220mph.
Since I started my racing career, my goal has been to race in Formula One and I know how difficult it can be to fulfil your dreams and reach Formula One, said Glock. You have to be dedicated and work really hard. F1 in Schools is great because it gives young people the chance to take the first steps towards achieving their goals.
Glocks team mate Trulli added: I think it's fantastic to give young people the chance to experience some of what Formula One is about. F1 in Schools makes engineering more exciting for students and shows them that one day they could be designing real Formula One cars of the future.
Patrons of the initiative include Hondas team principal Ross Brawn, Red Bulls chief technical officer Adrian Newey, Force Indias chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne, Renaults engineering director Pat Symonds and Sam Michael Williams technical director.
The event will take place at Kuala Lumpurs Sunway Lagoon Resort and Spa Hotel from March 18-20. The winning outfit will clinch the Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy and BEng Automotive and Motor Sport Engineering scholarships at City University, London.