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Win a Formula 1 engineering scholarship to study in the UK or Italy

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Here's a chance to chase after your dream career with Formula 1. Source: John Thys/Pool/AFP

If you’ve ever dreamt of a career in Formula 1 (F1), this could be your big break. The racing giant is offering scholarships, apprenticeships, and internships for underrepresented groups in the world of engineering, including women and people of colour — and there are still spots up for grabs.

These are part of the F1 #WeRaceAsOne initiative, with scholarship and training opportunities made possible by a million-dollar donation from F1 non-executive chairman Chase Carey. Here are two ways you can benefit from it.

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The Formula One Group CEO and executive chairman Chase Carey is facilitating 10 scholarships for future engineers through the #WeRaceAsOne initiative. Source: Clive Mason/Getty Images/AFP

Land a Formula 1 engineering scholarship

Ten students from underprivileged backgrounds will win a scholarship to do an engineering Bachelor’s in the UK, or a Master’s in Italy. It will cover tuition and living beginning September 2021, which is when the scholars will be starting their programme.

Undergraduate scholars will join the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Strathclyde University, Coventry University, or Manchester Metropolitan University. Postgraduates, on the other hand, will head to The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (MUNER) in Italy.

You could still get into Strathclyde University or Manchester Metropolitan University, which will only be opening applications in September. Scholars will either join the BEng or MEng at Strathclyde, while Manchester Met will welcome one minority student into its mechanical engineering degree.

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F1 racing may be an individual sport, but it takes a team of experts to ensure everything runs smoothly. Source: Emilio Morenatti/Pool/AFP

Kickstart your career among the best

Seventy years, 22 countries, and countless fans later, the enduring appeal of F1 racing has attracted bright engineers to build their career around it. Now, you can break into this exhilarating industry with a mechanical engineering apprenticeship — or an internship in motorsport, media, or human development.

Under its “Diversity and Inclusion” pillar, the #WeRaceAsOne initiative aims to support female participation and grow STEM engagement among different groups of potential talent. The scholarship and internship programmes will address the inequalities in automotive racing by widening access to young enthusiasts worldwide. The aim? Recruiting more passionate engineers to enrich the industry.

“Formula 1 is a global sport with fans across the world,” said F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali. “We want to be as diverse as our fan base and that is why we are taking direct action to ensure talented people from underrepresented groups have the best opportunities to get into, and build, a fantastic career in this amazing sport. I am delighted to announce that scholars, apprentices, and interns will get the chance to fulfil their dreams in Formula 1 and I know they have amazing futures ahead of them.”