Dubai College teams top in school F1

ABU DHABI — Two teams from the Dubai College won the first and second places at the UAE Formula One in Schools championship 2011 at the Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday.

By (Olivia Olarte)

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Published: Thu 28 Apr 2011, 9:18 PM

Last updated: Tue 23 May 2023, 11:56 AM

The Red Shift team won the first place and will represent the UAE in the World Championship in Malaysia in September while the runner-up, Revolution Racing, will partner with another school from Malaysia to compete in the same event.

Two of the six-member Red Shift team, Louisa Henson and Dominic Palubiski (Grade 12), were part of the national team that represented the UAE at the World Championship in Singapore last year.


“It was such an amazing experience, we made really good friends from all over the world,” Henson said.

Of the upcoming competition, the team was determined to step up its game and work hard to bring the laurel home.


“It will be tough, but we would know what to do exactly, we have a bit of an advantage on that but it’s not really going to be easy,” Henson stated.

Bagging the second place came as a surprise for three members of the Revolution Racing team, considering that things went wrong on the 
competition day.

“Our pit display collapsed,” cited Vanesh Dassani, design manager.

“Our presentation didn’t work on the computer so we ended up doing a verbal presentation,” added Saniya Mediratta, team manager.

However, the Grade 11 pupils believed that their race time of 1.066 have given them an edge over others, as well as, their visible branding.

With only five months to go before the F1 in Schools World Championship, the national winners have a number of preparations to do. First on the agenda is getting their corporate sponsors to finance their trip to Malaysia, as well as, the manufacturing of their miniature race cars.

“We have to raise a lot of money, more than Dh100,000 for our flights, accommodation, team uniform and to bring the car up to standard. We’ll have to ask our sponsors if they want to re-invest in us,” hoped Gina Steel, Red Shift graphics designer.

For its part, as event sponsor, Mubadala executives will be holding sessions with the winning teams to coach them on marketing strategies in preparation for the world competition.

Brenda Ashmore, an English teacher at Dubai College and one of the school teams’ coaches, was proud of her students. This is the third year that Dubai College won the national F1 in Schools Championship. “They have to raise the money and up their performance. The world championship will be greater than it was here. They can’t sit back now,” she said.

F1 in Schools is the world’s leading multi-disciplinary challenge for students of the age group 9-19. Working in teams of three to six, they use software to design, build and race a miniature F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder. Competing teams are also required to budget, market and raise sponsorships for their cars.

Teams are awarded points for each aspect of their project and the overall winners will receive the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy at the world finals in Malaysia. All the members in the winning team will also receive a four-year university scholarship.

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uae results

- Ist place: Red Shift (Dubai College, Dubai)

- 2nd place: Revolution Racing (Dubai College, Dubai)

- best verbal presentation: Red Shift (Dubai College, Dubai)

- best team identity: Blackbird 1.0 (The Indian High School, Dubai)

- best team display: Blackbird 1.0 (The Indian High School, Dubai)

-best reaction time: Ex Machina (Greenwood International School, Dubai)

- fastest car: Revolution Racing (Dubai College, Dubai).
 olivia@khaleejtimes.com


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