F1 figure races into new role for school initiative

F1 in Schools launches in Qatar with Williams
F1 in Schools launches in Qatar with Williams

A leading Formula One figure has become a patron to a global educational initiative created by a Brighouse businessman.

Claire Williams, deputy team principal and commercial director of William F1 has taken up the position with F1 in Schools, created by Andrew Denford, of Denford Ltd based on Armytage Road.

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China'Friday 12th April 2013'World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic'ref: Digital Image _89P4097

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China'Friday 12th April 2013'World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic'ref: Digital Image _89P4097

Mr Denford, founder and chairman, said: “We are very grateful to Claire for agreeing to support F1 in Schools and as a role model for aspiring F1 professionals,

“I know that she will be an inspiration to all our F1 in Schools participants.

“For the last four years Williams F1 have kindly taken ownership of the ‘Verbal Presentation Award’ at the F1 in Schools World Finals event and hosted the winning team of this award in the F1 paddock on a number of occasions, and we’re pleased to be extending our association with the team with Claire becoming a Patron of F1 in Schools.”

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

Each team creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges.

The teams then race their model car on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.