AUTOSPORT and the Williams Formula 1 team have launched a new award that will fast-track an engineering student into F1.
The AUTOSPORT Williams Engineer of the Future Award will be presented at the annual AUTOSPORT Awards each December from 2015.
A joint Williams and AUTOSPORT judging panel will select the winner from a list of engineering student nominees provided by leading universities Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Loughborough, Bath, Southampton, Oxford Brookes and Queens University, Belfast, with the contenders undergoing an assessment process at the Williams factory.
The award recipient will go onto a two-year accelerated development programme with Williams, which will include experience with the F1 race team and at a grand prix, rotating through various roles in the company and receiving mentorship from senior engineers before they find their specialism.
"We're looking for the next Ross Brawn or Adrian Newey - someone way above average," said Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds.
"The winner will be under my direct supervision, and I'll be taking a very close interest in what they're doing."
The new scheme was launched on stage at the 2014 AUTOSPORT Awards by Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams and race driver Valtteri Bottas.
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