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Five Engineering Students Given the Formula One Career Opportunity of a Lifetime
September 15, 2015

Five university engineering students from around the world have been given the career opportunity of a lifetime in Formula One, as Infiniti announces them as the winners of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy.

Muhammad Zafar (20, Saudi Arabia), Andre Plakhotnichenko (25, Russia), Daniel Sanham (24, UK), Zhang Zitong (22, China) and Alex Allmandinger (22, USA) were chosen from an exhaustive, global selection process, with each now set to receive a dream 12-month work placement split between Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Infiniti, both in the UK, complete with full salary.

The winners will move to England in mid-September to work across a variety of roles spanning vehicle dynamics, vehicle design, aerodynamics and electronics, spending eight months at the Infiniti Red Bull Racing factory and four months at Infiniti’s European Technical Center working on road car development projects. With F1™ technology more relevant to the automotive industry than ever, they will play a key role in the ongoing transfer of technical knowledge and expertise between the race team and Infiniti.

Now in its second year, this year’s academy saw thousands of top level engineering students enter the program.

After a series of intense interviews with the best entrants, ten finalists in each region (Europe, USA, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China) were selected to attend a regional final event where they were put through their paces in a structured assessment day by a panel of judges from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing. Of these ten, one winner per region was selected for the main prize.

Commenting on the program, Tommaso Volpe, Global Director, Infiniti Formula One said: “The calibre of entrants this year was very high which made for a tough selection process, but if last year’s winners are anything to go by, it will not be long before all of them are making a significant contribution both to us and to the race team. With F1 becoming more and more relevant to the automotive industry and an increased focus of the placements this year being on road car development, we are training a new generation of engineers who will play a key role in the crossover between the two industries.”

For more information about the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy visit here.

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