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F1 in Schools delighted to win pioneer award 10 Dec 2009

F1 in Schools founder and chairman Andrew Denford with the Pioneering and Innovation in Motorsport Award, 2009 Autosport Awards Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, 6 December 2009. © F1 in Schools The F1 in Schools contenders. F1 in Schools World Championships 2009, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, England, 17 September 2009. © Ebrey/ F1 in Schools

Already a firm favourite with children all over the globe, the F1 in Schools programme has cemented its reputation in the racing world after being honoured at the annual Autosport Awards this week. The educational initiative, which sees youngsters design, manufacture and race their own miniature F1 cars, won the Pioneering and Innovation in Motorsport Award at the event.

F1 in Schools founder and chairman Andrew Denford represented the organisation at the ceremony and was handed the trophy by F1 in Schools patron and Brawn GP team principal Ross Brawn and his Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner.

“This is a fantastic achievement for F1 in Schools,” said Denford. “We reach out to more than 15 million students around the world, introducing them to Formula One and using its popularity to encourage them to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a career. The world of Formula One has embraced our initiative, with all the teams supporting us, which has been a very important part of our success.

“We can help to attract young, bright engineers to the industry and we hope that through our efforts, we will nurture the Ross Brawns of the future. As we approach our tenth anniversary we have grown from a UK competition to a global initiative in more than 30 countries. We hope that our success will continue and we can support the F1 industry with top engineers in the future, through their participation in the F1 in Schools programme.”

Previous winners of the award include the GP2 Series, the HANS device and the SAFER crash barrier system used at race tracks around the world.