Infiniti Engineering Academy Asia and Oceania winner revealed

A 25-year-old automotive engineering student has won the opportunity of a lifetime with the Infiniti Engineering Academy to pursue a career in Formula 1

Infiniti Engineering Academy Asia and Oceania winner revealed

James Gourlie, a student of RMIT University in Bundoora, Australia, was revealed as the Infiniti Engineering Academy 2018 Asia and Oceania winner by Renault Sport F1 driver Carlos Sainz in the Singapore pitlane ahead of this weekend's grand prix.

His prize is a six-month work placement at Renault F1 in Enstone and a further six months at Infiniti's Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield.

"This is the place to be," said Gourlie. "Formula 1 is the cream of the crop. I tried not to get overwhelmed by everything in the finals, but it's difficult not to."

The annual competition to identify and promote young engineering talent attracted a large and highly competitive entry from across the region this year.

Following an intensive selection process, 10 candidates went through to the finals in Singapore, where a judging panel put them through a full day of practical tests and challenges to whittle the number down to three.

"This really has been the toughest yet," said Ian Goddard, head of technical partnerships at Renault Sport F1 and a member of the judging panel. "All the finalists were highly qualified, very keen, and it was difficult to pick the final three, let alone the winner. You could see them grow throughout the judging process."

The tests included hands-on engineering tasks, such as building a functional dragster model, as well as a rapid cognition test devised by decision science specialists at Harvard University which assessed their teamwork skills and capacity to be decisive under pressure.

Gourlie and the other finalists (pictured above) R Arvind (25) and Timothy Spooner (22) underwent a second day of tests in the paddock at the Marina Bay Circuit, facing both engineering tasks and a grilling from national and international media.

"Being in a Formula 1 garage is a great experience," said Gourlie. "Figuring out what's going on and why is a fundamental skill in engineering.

"What we all want to do is to innovate, to have an idea and see it through to completion and have an impact on car performance - and maybe one day see that innovation trickle down into the engineering space.

"The decision-making test was particularly interesting because you have a combination of data and opinion, and you have to use that to arrive at the most effective decision possible in a short space of time."

Sainz added: "It's really pleasing to see gifted young engineers getting an opportunity to fulfil their potential. You just have to believe, and go for it."

The Infiniti Engineering Academy (IEA) was launched in 2014 and the prize for the seven regional winners (from the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Middle East, China and Asia-Oceania) is a six-month placement at both Renault and Infiniti.

If you're a current engineering student and fluent in English then visit http://academy.infiniti.com for more information.

shares
comments
Raikkonen only started talks to return to Sauber F1 team at Monza

Previous article

Raikkonen only started talks to return to Sauber F1 team at Monza

Next article

Haas Formula 1 team explains basis of its Monza exclusion appeal

Haas Formula 1 team explains basis of its Monza exclusion appeal
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Stuart Codling
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021