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Kent team takes first place in the Lenovo F1 in Schools 2024 UK National Finals

Kent team takes first place in the Lenovo F1 in Schools 2024 UK National Finals
  • 300 students in 60 teams competed in the Lenovo F1 in School 2024 UK National Finals, making it the largest UK National Finals to date.
  • The winning team was LEAF1, a team of six from Simon Langton School in Canterbury. They were joined on the podium by teams from Scarborough and London.
  • The event was held at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham and took place March 13th and 14th.
  • F1 in Schools is supported in the UK by title sponsor Lenovo, alongside Ansys, Autodesk, and Denford.

LEAF1, a team of six students from Simon Langton School in Canterbury, was announced as the Lenovo F1 in Schools 2024 UK National Champions last Thursday.

The official education challenge of Formula 1, the F1 in Schools competition sees participants design, make, and race miniature F1 cars, with teams assessed across a variety of areas – including car speed, engineering quality, brand identity and verbal presentation skills. This year’s event was the largest edition of the competition in its 23-year history, with 60 teams comprising 300 students all attending the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham to take part.

Supported by a number F1 teams, the event paid host to an F1 car courtesy of Williams Racing, and also saw members of the team attend the event alongside representatives from Oracle Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Powertrains, McLaren Formula 1, Mercedes-AMG HPP, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, and Alpine BWT Team. Many of those attending the event previously competed in F1 in Schools and took part in an alumni session which enabled current competitors to ask questions relating to their career path into the sport. 

Made up of Atticus, 14, Sean, 17, Cole, 16, Zac, 17, Piers, 15, and Jaime, 16, LEAF1 competed over a two-day period for the top spot. The team was presented with their award by Sally Martin, UK&I Senior Commercial Marketing Manager at Lenovo, atop a confetti-filled podium at the event. Their prize will also see the team receive a scholarship opportunity at Aston University, work placements at Williams Racing, an exclusive experience at the 2024 British F1 Grand Prix, and a tour of an F1 team’s factory. 

Reflecting on their win, LEAF1’s Team Manager Atticus said:  “We’re incredibly happy to be the UK National Champions! We’ve all worked so hard to get to this point, and we’re really proud of us as a team that we’ve finally made it – not just onto the podium today, but also to the Aramco F1 in Schools 2024 World Finals. We can’t wait to represent England on the global STEM stage.”

Unity Racing’s Team Manager Matiss added: “All the work we’ve invested has been more than worth it – we’re absolutely ecstatic to be going through to the Aramco F1 in Schools 2024 World Finals, and we can’t thank our teachers enough for helping us to get to this point. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Justin, Team Manager of Vertex Racing, who came in third, finished: “It’s unbelievable to be going through to the Aramco F1 in Schools 2024 World Finals. We’ve been competing for a number of years now and didn’t think we’d ever get to the global stage of the competition, so to finally make it is just incredible.” 

Tom Milner, UK Project Manager at F1 in Schools, said of the event: “This year’s UK National Finals was truly spectacular. The standard on display from all the teams was outstanding, and we know that the future engineers and pioneers of both F1 and wider industries are amongst those who took part. We’d like to congratulate LEAF1 for their brilliant performance across the board at the competition – we’re looking forward to seeing what they, and all the Team GB competitors, go on to do at the Aramco F1 in Schools 2024 World Finals.”

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