x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Yas Marina Circuit to host F1 in Schools final

UAE to play host to F1 in Schools World Final before Yas race in November.

The 2012 F1 in Schools World Final will be held in the UAE the weekend before the Grand Prix rolls into the capital.

At Yas Marina Circuit, more than 250 engineering-minded students from more than 40 countries will battle for the title after winning their homes' national finals.

The victorious team will take home the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and go to City University London to study automotive and motorsport engineering on a scholarship .

"Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will together be the focus for our eighth F1 in Schools World Finals event," said Andrew Denford, founder and chairman of F1 in Schools.

"Having Ferrari World Abu Dhabi hosting our world finals is already creating an incredible excitement and anticipation for the participating teams."

Teams of between three and six will present their portfolios of work before a judging panel. There will be oral and written presentations in support of each team's model car, which will be raced on a specially designed 20-metre test track.

Competitors will set up a pit display and cars made from balsa wood.

"Hosting the F1 in Schools World Final here represents Abu Dhabi's increasingly active role in the world of F1," said Richard Cregan, chief executive of Yas Marina Circuit.

"Our own national schools programme, with the support of Mubadala, is going from strength to strength and this helps us prepare our young generations to participate at the next level. Not only is F1 in the hearts and minds of Abu Dhabi, but it's our goal to see it as part of our classroom learning, too."

eharnan@thenational.ae