We win in F1 school
AUSTRALIANS are forging ahead in the Formula One grid. Not only is Mark Webber leading the F1 drivers’ championship, but also budding F1 race engineers from Australia have scooped the most awards at the sixth annual F1 in Schools world finals in Singapore.
Victorian team Basilisk Performance, from Sebastopol College in Ballarat, won best portfolio, best engineered car and the ‘‘ashes’’ for the fastest Australian and British car.
America won the outright championship ahead of Brisbane team Zer0.9, which came second for the third year in a row. The Brisbane team, from Pine Rivers State High School, won best collaboration award from their work with the Indian School in Dubai.
Team Zer0.9 had expert technical advice from V8 Supercars Team Vodafone chief engineer Ludo Lacroix.
Team Vodafone principal Roland Dane says some of the team members could work for his company, Triple 8 Engineering, one day.
‘‘Who knows? At least they’re getting a head start and channelling their energies into something worthwhile,’’ he says.
F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary engineering challenge for students aged nine to 19 in 25 teams from 17 countries.
Over the three-day competition teams were assessed by a panel of international judges.