Two students from Monash University in Australia are off to the UK to battle it out for a place in the Red Bull Formula 1 team’s engineering division.
The pair has been announced as finalists of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, which saw 1500 students from 100 universities across the globe compete for a taste of F1.
Christien Blencowe (25) and Andrew Trathen (22), both from Melbourne, will travel to the UK to compete against ten other finalists for the grand prize.
The finalists will compete in a three-day challenge ahead of the British F1 Grand Prix, set to take place at Infiniti’s European Technical Centre at Cranfield and the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes.
‘Events’ include a series of interviews, technical challenges and practical tests with Infiniti and Red Bull technical bosses watching on as judges, before Red Bull Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey announces the winners on July 3.
“The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy is an exciting initiative for young engineering students to become inspired and realise their dream of working in the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1,” Newey said.
“Judging by the applications submitted, it is great to see so much passion and enthusiasm from our engineers of the future.”
Christien Blencowe has worked in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Monash University and also been a part of the Monash Formula SAE Team (pictured, top of page).
Andrew Trathen is also a member of the Monash Formula SAE Team, in which he was Chief Engineer during 2013.