Alonso students race ahead

Friday, 12 October 2007


Twelve Spanish students at Oxford Brookes are racing ahead to make a career for themselves as the next generation of motorsport engineers with the backing of Formula One Champion, Fernando Alonso.

Twelve Spanish students at Oxford Brookes are racing ahead to make a career for themselves as the next generation of motorsport engineers with the backing of Formula One Champion, Fernando Alonso.

The students have been selected to study for a masters in Motorsport Engineering or Racing Engine Design and have recently started their studies.

Alonso, asked his private sponsor, the Spanish bank, CajAstur to provide funding for the students to cover course fees and living expenses.

Shortlisted out of sixty applicants, the students are already well-qualified engineers and will be fine-tuning their skills further in the hope of making it into Formula One.

Guillerno Sauz, 27, studied Mechanical Engineering in Madrid and then worked for Nissan, before coming to Brookes. He said: 'It’s a great opportunity to get a very good knowledge of Formula One, learn a lot about engines, and hopefully the opportunity to enter the best motorsport companies.

'We are going to get great preparation here at Brookes to enter the real world and real companies - there are very good labs, lessons and modules.'

Esteban Sanchez, 23, said: 'The scholarship is a dream come true for us. Formula One is like playing football in the premiership. It’s very difficult to get into to.'

Hector Garces, 27, who studied at the Engineering School of Barcelona for five years, said: 'I know there were many people interested in coming here and I hope to get good results and develop my career. Motorsports is a difficult world to enter and the course will be really useful.'

Javier Gonzalez, 27, added: 'It’s an amazing experience if you really want to work in the motorsport industry. Having the name of Fernando Alonso behind us will be a very good thing.'

The experts teaching the course come from a F1 background like Professor Geoff Goddard who specialises in Racing Engine Design: He said: 'We are fast tracking these talented students through advanced engineering courses which link leading edge theories and techniques to practical applications focused on producing world class engineers for the motorsport industry, or exceptional engineers for any other industry they may wish to join.'