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World Finals F1 in Schools

Heriots first F1 in Schools team become champions of Scotland and win at the international level
Representing Scotland team wins Red Bull Racing Award on international stage
Representing Scotland team wins Red Bull Racing Award on international stage

After a year of designing and developing a scale race car, a group of four pupils travelled to Silverstone Circuit for the F1 in Schools World Finals to represent Scotland. During the competition the team visited the Formula One museum, Red Bull headquaters and even met current World Champion, Max Verstappen.

'Fibonacci' competed against 53 teams from over 40 countries, with judging interviews everyday and live racing by the famous Silverstone Race Track. The team showcased a groundbreaking innovation forever levelling up the F1 in Schools standard with a magnetic rear wing. While other teams faced the devestation of DNF race results, 'Fibonacci's' car's rear wing was released at the end of the race before hitting the deceleration system.

This innovation took months of planning and calculations (helped by the Heriots Physics department!- Thank you!) and after its successful debut, put the team on the World Finals stage- taking home the Red Bull Racing 'Recognition of Achievement Award'.

To reach the international level of the competition 'Fibonacci' had become champions regionally, then nationally, as well as faced major fund raising challenges. Due to a strong network of sponsors: Edinburgh Hacklab, U-Mask Biotechnologies and XXV Sportswear as well as generous donations from the community, the team funded themselves for the year. George Brown Engineers, an engineering firm in Leith founded by George Heriots Alumnus, were the team's greatest financial backer and ultimately allowed this first time team to pay the F1 in Schools entry fee and accommodation costs.

Since the World Finals success some members of the team are rallying troops to compete again in next years season of F1 in Schools while Heriots Former Pupils Amius Marshal-De'Ath and Matt Ball Torokoff look to starting university and soon becoming the future faces of Formula One.


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