The champions of the F1 in Schools France 2024 national final are crowned!

Tension was running high at the F1 in Schools Center of Excellence at the Circuit Paul Ricard during the national final held on May 11 and 12 between 20 teams from all over France. The creative minds and technical skills of talented youngsters aged between 15 and 23 were put to the test in this internationally renowned competition.  

This educational challenge, the only one of its kind in the world, is aimed at secondary schools and young students interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professions involved in Formula 1 racing. The aim is to create a mini F1 racing team in all its dimensions (logo creation, sponsor search, 3D miniaturized car design and full-scale track testing, and eco-responsibility). 

After months of intensive preparation, teams from all over France competed at the Circuit Paul Ricard's F1 in Schools Center of Excellence (located at Xtrem Park), for the coveted title of F1 in Schools France Champion. After impressive performances and fierce competition, the winners of this 2024 edition were named, with the top two in the professional class qualifying for the world finals, which will take place at one of the final F1 GPs of the season. 

As the first circuit in France to sponsor local teams for the F1 in Schools challenge, the Var-based circuit put out a call for entries to the high schools in the southern region to select 3 teams from different high schools to take part in the national final: Cheetah F1 Team from the Lycée Chevreul Blancarde in Marseille, Mistral Racing Team from the Lycée Thomas Edison in Lorgues and LLP Racing from the Lycée Louis Pasteur in Avignon were all successful, with two of them coming out on top. 

The winners in the vocational class:
1. Team Solarity Racing (Lycée Jean Mermoz)
2. Team Tachyon Racing (Independent team)
3. Team Cheetah Racing (Lycée Chevreul Blancarde) 

University class winners :
1. Team WAGL Racing 
2. Team Spirit Performance
3. Team HIL Spark Racing

There were also special trophy winners, including the Femmes et Sport trophy, awarded to the LLP Racing team (Lycée Louis Pasteur). Partner Winfield was also keen to reward a woman who stood out on each of the juries: Élise Zugasty (Lunatic GP, ESTACA). "With over 30% female representation this year, three times more than in
more than last year, I'd like to emphasize the impact this program is having on the promotion of women in STEM and automotive fields," revealed Frédérique Trouvé-Roger, President of F1® in Schools France and Director of International Relations & Social Responsibility Programs for F1® in Schools.

Other special trophies :
  • Best Engineering Car: Solarity Racing (Lycée Jean Mermoz)
  • Fastest Car: Solarity Racing (Lycée Jean Mermoz)
  • Sustainability Award: Electron Racing (Independent Team)
  • Project Management Award: Solarity Racing (Lycée Jean Mermoz)
  • Prix d'Honneur (Professional Class): Lunatic GP (Estaca)
  • Prix d'Honneur (University Class): Spirit Performance (ITM Aix-en-Provence)
Source F1 in Schools.

Pictures : Morgan Mathurin