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Claire Williams becomes F1 in Schools™ patron 02 Sep 2013

Claire Williams (GBR) Williams Deputy Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 The top three teams in the 2012 F1 in Schools™ World Finals - (first) Cold Fusion from Australia, (second) Team Ignite from the UK and (third) Rush from England The Penta Gliders Tasmania - F1 in Schools World Champions.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Singapore Grand Prix, Preparations, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Thursday, 22 September 2011

F1 in Schools, the leading global educational initiative, has welcomed Claire Williams, deputy team principal and commercial director of the Williams team, to its roster of high-profile patrons from the Formula One community.

Williams joins a long list of famous F1 names, including Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn, McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh, Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey, Mercedes’ Ross Brawn and Ferrari’s Rob Smedley.

"I am delighted to have become a patron for F1 in Schools,” said Williams. “The tasks that all participating students have to go through to establish their own Formula One team during the Challenge not only exposes them to the type of work required for creating, producing and running a team such as Williams, but also equips them with a variety of life skills. It will be fascinating for us to see first-hand what the designers, engineers and marketeers of the future come up with year after year."

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own team and design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the future; a 21cm-long scale model built from a block of balsa wood 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 car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their car on a specially designed 20m test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over a second. The Challenge, now in its 13th year, was introduced to the UK in 2000 and has since expanded to over 40 countries, reaching over 20 million students around the globe.

Welcoming Williams as a patron, Andrew Denford, founder and chairman of F1 in Schools, commented: “We are very grateful to Claire for agreeing to support F1 in Schools and as a role model for aspiring F1 professionals, I know that she will be an inspiration to all our F1 in Schools participants. We value the role that Claire can play with her wide-ranging experience within Formula One and her natural ability to engage with young people who are passionate about forging a career in the industry - especially the growing number of girls that are engaged in the challenge - over 35 percent now!

“For the last four years Williams F1 have kindly taken ownership of the ‘Verbal Presentation Award’ at the F1 in Schools World Finals event and hosted the winning team of this award in the F1 paddock on a number of occasions, and we’re pleased to be extending our association with the team with Claire becoming a Patron of F1 in Schools.”

For more information on F1 in Schools, see www.f1inschools.com.

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