Tuesday 6th October 2009 by C. Freeman
Design Technology students enjoyed the trip of a lifetime when they visited the Williams factory in Oxford to see the Singapore Grand Prix. The Sixth Formers, accompanied by teachers Mr Barrett and Mrs Watts, also had the chance to look around racing memorabilia and drive in an F1 simulator.
After breakfast and a tour around the stunning exhibits the students were able to watch the Singapore Grand Prix on a big screen, complete with the team's racing commentary and lap times displayed on separate boards. The team technical director phoned in from Singapore to give a 15-minute talk about how the race was going. Williams's drivers, Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg finished in 9th and 11th positions respectively and Williams-Toyota are currently sixth in the constructor standings.
Sam Dorrity and Oliver Faller with the leader board showing the simulator lap times.
Mr Barrett said: 'Williams were incredible hosts; we were very lucky that we had been given tickets to the event by the Motorsports Association because normally schools don't get invited along. Other guests included bank executives and someone who won the trip to Williams' headquarters as first prize in a raffle. After the race finished we had a fantastic lunch and the students also got their turn on the simulator. They got feedback through the steering wheel which they said was immense and which was only about half as much as the racing drivers have to handle during the real Grand Prix. It was an incredible opportunity for our students to see the cars at close range and to really experience the race-day excitement.'