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F1: Infiniti unveils world finalists of its engineering academy

From Infiniti

Infiniti has taken a step closer to discovering the world’s next Formula 1 engineering stars, as the premium automotive brand today announces the 12 budding hopefuls who will participate in the world finals of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy.

The finalists will compete to win the work placement of a lifetime - a 12-month engineering role with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, complete with accommodation in the UK, Infiniti company car and full salary.

Out of 1,500 international engineering students from over 100 universities, the final 12 include nine men and three women made up of four Americans, three Chinese, two Australians, one British, a Malaysian and a Sudanese.

The next step will be for them to attend a three-day shootout event in the UK before the British Grand Prix, taking place at Infiniti’s European Technical Center at Cranfield and at Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s factory in Milton Keynes.

Over the three days they will face a series of intensive interviews, practical tests and technical challenges, closely assessed by leading technical figures from Infiniti and Infinti Red Bull Racing. The three winners will be unveiled by Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey on July 3rd.

F1 Red Bull mechanics
Photo: Red Bull Racing

The 12 finalists are:
  • Christien Blencowe, 25, from Melbourne, Australia (Engineering at Monash University)
  • Andrew Trathen, 22, from Melbourne, Australia (Engineering at Monash University)
  • Qin Li, 22, from Hunan, China (Vehicle Engineering at Tongji University)
  • Wei Zhao Zhang, 22, from Beijing, China (Engineering at Tsinghua University)
  • Yijia He, 22, from Sichuan Province in China (Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College in London)
  • Yoga Nadaraajan, 21, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (studies Electronics Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
  • William Priest, 23, from Exeter, UK (studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Exeter).
  • Alejandro Diaz, 22, from Miami, Florida (studies Science in Mechanical Engineering at Florida International University)
  • Eric LaRoche, 25, from Hamilton Square, New Jersey, (studies Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park),
  • Jason Zide, 21, from Laguna Beach in California (studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California)
  • Austin Volk, 22, from Oregon (studies Science in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University)
  • Alaa Ahmed, 23, from Sudan. She studies Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional in Malaysia