Infiniti have just announced the next edition of their talent hunt for engineers with automotive lust in their veins. The Infiniti Engineering Academy is in its fifth year and this time too they are offering seven finalists from regions around the world the opportunity to work with the veterans of the Formula One business at Renault Sport Formula One.
This year, the competition itself is tied in tighter with the Formula One calendar as six of the seven finals will be held trackside – Canada, Silverstone for the Europe Final, Singapore for the Asia & Oceania Final, US, Mexico, and Abu Dhabi for the Middle East Final.
So that means that ten finalists per region get access to all that’s happening at the Renault Sport Formula One Team’s pit lane, garage and motorhome areas on the Thursday before their local Formula 1 Grand Prix, where they will carry out several challenges under the watchful eye of Bob Bell, Nico Hülkenberg, Carlos Sainz, and other members of Renault Sport Formula One Team.
Tommaso Volpe (Director Motorsport & Performance Projects, Infiniti Global), said: “Thanks to our Technical Partnership with Renault Sport Formula One Team, Infiniti is now an established active player in F1. The Infiniti Engineering Academy is one of our most successful projects and we are very proud of the impressive growth of this program year after year, both in terms of student applications and awareness. In 2018 we will offer again a once in a lifetime opportunity to seven young engineers from all over the world, confirming Infiniti’s commitment to talent and diversity.
“Furthermore, we’re incredibly pleased that this year the winners of the Infiniti Engineering Academy will be selected trackside during Grand Prix weeks – the perfect setting for engineers to compete for a place in this unique program.”
On a concurrent basis, the brand is working with a Harvard researcher Professor Dr. Julia Minson, who will work with the academy on decision-making in the engineering process. She will also assist the judges in their decision-making.
“Attracting top new talent is crucial for success in Formula One, and the Infiniti Engineering Academy helps us do that”, said Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing. “It’s a fantastic initiative that takes recruitment in F1 to a whole new level, and brings new and diverse talent to the sport, which is crucial to its future development.