A Greek team of students from Mandoulides Private School snagged the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone trophy after taking top honors in the F1 in Schools World Finals in Austin. The team beat the acclaimed Australian squad who took second place, with the German team coming third.
There were a total of 23 awards presented at the gala dinner for the F1 championships, and the Infinite Racing team from Greece not only won first place, but also received the Pressure Challenge Award, the Knockout Competition Award and Team Website Award. As World Champions the winners also received coveted City University London and UCL Engineering scholarships.
Andreas Papamavros from Infinite Racing says that the Greek team did all it could and hoped for a good position but did not expect to be champions. “Our secret to success was the teamwork and our manufacturing, which was excellent — good solid engineering and getting the best results from every team member is the key to our win. We are just amazed to be champions, it’s been such a lifetime experience, we are all thrilled with our achievements,” said Papamavros,
The F1 in Schools competition challenged students to create their own formula One Team and design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team had between three and six students created a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. Each team at the World Finals had to also prepare a verbal presentation for the judges before the race.
The 2016 World Finals took place over three days of intense competition between 39 teams from 23 countries. Apart from scholarships, the students are being rewarded with a trip to the Circuit Of The Americas for a pit-lane walk and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.