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Oct 28

Students gather for F1 in Schools World Finals Abu Dhabi 2012

A multi-cultural welcome lunch brings together over 250 students from 22 countries

F1 in Schools World Finalists Abu Dhabi 2012 head off for a Big Bus Tour of the cityF1 in Schools Blackbird X, a UAE team present a gift to Scotish team, Aeroflux 2.0A lively, warm and friendly ‘gift-exchange’ lunch brought together the grid of 33 F1 in Schools™ World Finalist teams at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Abu Dhabi today, a prelude to the start of the racing action for the eighth F1 in Schools World Finals.

Greek organic virgin olive oil, a miniature Mexican sombrero, a boomerang, Scottish shortbread and a special edition Malaysian stamp featuring one of the teams were among the gifts exchanged at a colourful and lively lunch for the start of the eighth F1 in Schools World Finals being held this week at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. 

The five lights went out for the start of the F1 in Schools World Finals Abu Dhabi 2012 with a welcome breakfast, gift exchange lunch and a visit to the landmarks and attractions of Abu Dhabi with Big Bus Tours courtesy of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA). The Formula One-inspired global educational initiative will see students aged from 12 – 19 compete for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships at City University, London.

Today’s activities gave the students an opportunity to meet their rivals in a relaxed social environment before they put their newly formed friendships aside to compete head-to-head in 18 award categories and the ultimate accolade of F1 in Schools World Champions 2012.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, praised the students’ national pride, friendliness and camaraderie, saying of the day, “It’s been an amazing day, with a fantastic atmosphere amongst the students. Gift-exchanging is not only a very hospitable start to our World Finals, it is also a great ice-breaker and opportunity for each of the teams to meet, understand more about other countries, their lifestyles, culture and education. I’m sure that many friendships will have formed today and that they will endure for many years.

Adds Denford, “I would like to thank ADTCA and Big Bus Tours for their generosity in providing us with the tour of Abu Dhabi. It was a treat enjoyed by all the students and gave them an excellent insight into the city.”

“It’s been a warm welcome for the students today and now we turn our attention to the competition and I’m sure it’s going to be a very intense, exciting and nerve-wracking three days, but an experience of a lifetime for every one of the students. “

The action moves to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tomorrow for the start of the judging, with the teams starting the day by setting up their ‘pit displays’ ready to race.

The F1 in Schools World Finals teams, with three to six members in each, have won through from their National Final and in many countries, they will have had to win a Regional Final along the way, to represent their county at this international event.

The F1 in Schools World Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways, Pirelli, Hexagon Metrology, The IET, and City University London.

source: Alison Hill

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