A team of students from Sutton Park School are all revved up as they compete in the F1 Schools World Finals in Singapore this week.

The four teenagers join 49 teams from 21 other countries who will get an access-all-areas VIP trip to the Singapore Grand Prix.

Omar Salem (17), Tim Farrelly (17), David Deneher (17), and Lucy Quinn (18) will see their race car design put to the test by an elite panel of 45 F1 judges.

The inquisitive quartet have put in thousands of hours of work to be ready for the ultimate challenge of pitting their vehicle against the best from across the globe.

Omar said: “Our biggest challenge in this competition is trying to improve the standard of our car and team, from one of Ireland’s finest to one of the world’s finest.

“We are really excited to meet the other teams from around the world. We all come from different backgrounds but we all share the same interests, goals and dreams.

“We can’t wait to see how different teams took on the challenge and to see how our car sizes up to the rest.

“This has changed the way we see the world, from learning how design and manufacturing processes work, to becoming part of a wider industry.”

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula 1 team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature ‘F1 Car of the Future’.

Each team had to construct a 21cm-long race car built from the F1 in Schools modelling block and powered by a compressed air cylinder.

At the world finals, each team brings along a pit display, their car and a written portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation to pitch to the judges. Each team will also race their car on the Official F1 in Schools track.

After all their hard work, the students will be rewarded with a trip to Marina Bay Circuit for an exclusive F1 in Schools World Finals 2018 pit lane walk and the opportunity to attend the Grand Prix.

You could say they deserve a brake…


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