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Smedley becomes F1 in Schools patron 22 Mar 2011

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with Rob Smedley (GBR) Ferrari Race Engineer on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 12 September 2010 (L to R): Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with Rob Smedley (GBR) Ferrari Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 28 August 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with Rob Smedley (GBR) Ferrari Race Engineer on the circuit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Preparations, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Wednesday, 20 October 2010 (L to R): Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with Rob Smedley (GBR) Ferrari Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 28 August 2010 F1 in Schools World Finals, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 22 September 2010. © F1 in Schools

Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley has joined an illustrious line-up of Formula One personalities as a patron of F1 in Schools. Smedley lends his support to the global scheme, which challenges students to design, manufacture and race CO2 powered miniature race cars.

“I'm extremely proud to have been given this opportunity to support such a great initiative as F1 in Schools,” said Smedley. “As the current crop of engineers working in Grand Prix motor racing we should all be aware of the responsibility that we have in nurturing the future of our sport which rests in the hands of the young enthusiasts who aspire to one day occupy senior engineering positions within the teams.

“This talent needs to be supported and guided at such a crucial stage to ensure the correct development and F1 in Schools is doing just that. It is no surprise to see that all the major teams in Formula One are involved in this excellent programme. For the young people involved this is a great opportunity and one that should be grasped with both hands.

“It is a chance to learn and grow in an environment that reflects a modern day Formula One team. It's great that people are able to get involved in engineering from such a young age, the younger the better! Use the experience to its full potential and it can only be of benefit. Most of all, have fun.”

Smedley, a native of Middlesbrough, England, studied mathematics and mechanical engineering at Loughborough University and after completing a Masters Degree started work in the motorsport industry, initially joining Peugeot as a suspension design engineer for the French manufacturer’s touring car team.

His Formula One career began with the Jordan Grand Prix team and from there he moved to Ferrari, where he has achieved considerable success, and forming probably the most noted engineer-driver partnership in F1, working with Felipe Massa for over four years.

“Rob has been a great champion of the work of F1 in Schools and has helped us to build some excellent relationships in the F1 paddock,” said F1 in Schools founder and chairman Andrew Denford. “He has always welcomed our students whenever possible and we’re always grateful for the time he gives them, showing them around and giving a unique insight into the inner workings of a top F1 team. As an engineer we value the knowledge and guidance he can give to our students and the initiative.”

F1 in Schools is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged 9 to 19. The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative and exciting way.

Other F1 in Schools patrons include Adrian Newey, the chief technical officer of 2010 world-championship winning team Red Bull, Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn, Lotus Racing’s technical chief Mike Gascoyne and McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

For further information on F1 in Schools visit www.F1inSchools.com.