How F1 in Schools is introducing the next generation to motorsport

The competition played a role in inspiring Mary to pursue a career in motorsport, and whilst completing her degree, she went on to also compete in Formula Student. It was during her time in the F1 in Schools competition that she first heard of Formula Student, which is known as Europe’s most established educational engineering competition.

“After my first year at university, I knew that F1 was the goal,” Mary continues. “To work for such a historic and powerful team like McLaren was always the target, and I was successful getting onto the graduate scheme right out of university, and I’ve been here ever since.”

The impact that F1 in Schools has had on Mary’s career has inspired her to not only champion the event since, but to work on it as a judge and encourage the next generation of budding motor racing talent.

Utilising the experience she has gained in the industry and from her own success in the competition, Mary usually acts as a judge in either the engineering design or business presentation categories. She’ll mark students based on the design, the reasoning behind their concept, and even their choice of team name, which plays a role from a marketing standpoint.

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