Smedley lends hand to F1 in schools

Rob Smedley was announced as an F1 in Schools patron on Tuesday afternoon, with the Manchester-born man set to join a number of key paddock figures who are already involved in the scheme. After offering his support to the project in the past, Smedley was given the opportunity by founder Andrew Denford ahead of the 2011 season.

"I'm extremely proud to have been given this opportunity to support such a great initiative as F1 in Schools," he said. "As the current crop of engineers working in Grand Prix motor racing we should all be aware of the responsibility that we have in nurturing the future of our sport which rests in the hands of the young enthusiasts who aspire to one day occupy senior engineering positions within the teams.

"This talent needs to be supported and guided at such a crucial stage to ensure the correct development and F1 in Schools is doing just that. It is no surprise to see that all the major teams in Formula 1 are involved in this excellent program.

"For the young people involved this is a great opportunity and one that should be grasped with both hands. It is a chance to learn and grow in an environment that reflects a modern day Formula 1 team."

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