Claire Williams Named As Newest F1 In Schools Patron

F1 in Schools has named Claire Williams as its newest deputy team principal and commercial director. F1 in Schools is a global educational initiative which features some of the Formula One communities biggest names and supporters.

Among other F1 in Schools members are Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn, McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh, Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey, Mercedes’ Ross Brawn, and Ferrari’s Rob Smedley.

Williams tells

“I am delighted to have become a patron for F1 in Schools. The tasks that all participating students have to go through to establish their own Formula One team during the Challenge not only exposes them to the type of work required for creating, producing and running a team such as Williams, but also equips them with a variety of life skills. It will be fascinating for us to see first-hand what the designers, engineers and marketeers of the future come up with year after year.”

F1 in Schools is a program that challenges students to create and race the their own fastest miniature Formula One Car of the future; a 21cm-long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Student even name their own team and create a logo.

Claire Williams was welcomed to the team by Andrew Denford, founder and chairman of F1 in Schools. Denford says of her contribution to the team:

“We are very grateful to Claire for agreeing to support F1 in Schools and as a role model for aspiring F1 professionals, I know that she will be an inspiration to all our F1 in Schools participants. We value the role that Claire can play with her wide-ranging experience within Formula One and her natural ability to engage with young people who are passionate about forging a career in the industry – especially the growing number of girls that are engaged in the challenge – over 35 percent now!”

Claire joins the team immediately.