The thrill of watching lightweight cars speed around city streets at Singapore's annual Formula One (F1) night race lures both kids and adults to the stands. Now, budding motorsport enthusiasts intent on winning a coveted place in the industry have a chance to learn from one of F1's top teams.
Williams—which races in the F1 as Williams Martini Racing—and global recruitment firm Randstad choose 11 students aged between 15-18 to participate in a new program this year aimed at helping pupils become F1 engineers.
Called the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy, successful graduates from the e-learning program will be considered for full-time roles at Williams, the third most successful racing team on the grid and winner of 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles.
And now, there's a new way into the elite program. The engineering academy has signed a partnership with a non-profit organization called F1 in Schools.
The U.K. group conducts a global program in which schools can enter teams of students to design and build miniature racing cars. Active in 40 countries, the program has engaged 20 million students since its launch in 1999 and, interestingly for what is seen as a male-dominated field, 36 percent of its participants are female.
This year, students from around the world who proceeded to the final round of the competition—held in Singapore on Wednesday—were among the lucky 11 selected for the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy.
So, what does it take to secure a job in the glamorous world of motorsport racing?
"You have to have a blend of skills to secure a high-level job. To be a team principal at F1, you must understand aerodynamics, mechanical engineering, vehicle dynamics as well as being able to read a balance sheet, talk to media and bring in sponsors," Claire Williams, deputy team principal at Williams, told CNBC.