15th F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 partners with Yas Marina Circuit to stage event in Abu Dhabi

Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Island, Abu Dhabi will host the 15th running of the F1 in Schools World Finals, the pinnacle of this prestigious global education challenge that is a springboard for thousands of students’ future careers.

The F1 in Schools World Finals, which takes place alongside a round of the Formula 1 World Championship each year, will be held with this year’s FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019, the final round of the F1 season, in partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, considered to be one of the most technologically advanced Formula 1 circuits in the world and the home of motorsports in the Middle East.

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 will bring together an anticipated 60 teams from over 25 countries with the competition days being held on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The event will start on Sunday 24 November with an opening ceremony and the first of three days of competition. The event will conclude with a glittering Awards Celebration and Dinner, which will be hosted at Yas Marina Circuit on Wednesday 27 November. The World Finalists will then have the opportunity to soak up the Grand Prix over the following four days.

Abu Dhabi has hosted the F1 in Schools World Finals on two previous occasions, with the events being held at Ferrari World in 2012 and 2014. The expansion of the event has led to a move to a new venue on Yas Island this year, with the need to accommodate over 300 students and their pit displays, the F1 in Schools 20 metres race track and the judging areas required for this exciting education event.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, looks forward to a return to Abu Dhabi, saying,

“Abu Dhabi has always given us a very warm welcome and has been a great venue for our World Finals. We’re delighted that Yas Marina Circuit is partnering with us for the event and we look forward to working with them in the run up to the event. It marks the 10th anniversary of our partnership with Yas Marina Circuit and we are looking forward to celebrating this at our World Finals Awards Celebration Gala Dinner.”

He adds, “I know our students are going to have the most amazing time in Abu Dhabi for the World Finals and then to have a chance to go to the Grand Prix, makes it extra special. These are the Formula 1 Engineers, marketeers and team managers of the future and they gain so much inspiration from experiencing the occasion first-hand, it will give them memories of a lifetime.”

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said:

“We are delighted to welcome hundreds of international students to the home of our iconic Formula 1 track and to experience our world-class facilities.

“Our partnership with The F1 in Schools progamme keeps growing year on year and is a key part of our Yas In Schools programme. We are excited to continue to be playing our part in developing the leaders of the future. Yas Marina Circuit is proud to support the spirit of innovation in students from around the world and we wish the teams success at the F1 in Schools World Finals this year.”

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 is supported by Formula 1 and in partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), City, University of London, UCL Engineering, Denford Ltd and Autodesk.

Yas Marina track Abu Dhabi
Yas Marina track ariel view Abu Dhabi



For further information contact:
Alison Hill, F1 in Schools Press Officer
Tel: +44 07710 306588

About F1 in Schools

Andrew Denford, an entrepreneurial engineer working within the education sector, founded the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge in the UK in 2000. He implemented a STEM programme that uses the high profile, glamorous and high-tech world of fast cars and Formula 1 to engage and inspire students, introducing them to engineering in a compelling and unique educational competition. Today this world-leading global educational initiative operates in 49 countries worldwide.

Researching, designing, making and racing an F1 car of the future is at its core. Teams then race each other head-to-head on the F1 in Schools 20 metre racetrack. The challenge can be used as an education tool or hook to engage students in STEM subjects. This gives students the opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, presenting and teamwork, while forming the foundation for any career path they choose to follow.

The students assess their performance against other schools at a series of regional finals around the country. The best teams at each regional final compete at their National Finals and success at this level earns them a place at the World Finals.

The World Champions win scholarships for City, University London and UCL Engineering, as well as being guests of Formula 1 with complimentary four-day paddock access to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 and the coveted World Champions trophy.

This Formula 1 supported global STEM programme is also a proven route to motorsport and automotive careers with former participants working in Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers, sports agencies and many more allied companies.