August 20, 2015

Winners of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy announced

University engineering student Daniel Sanham from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham has been awarded the career opportunity of a lifetime in Formula One as Infiniti announced the winners of this year's Performance Engineering Academy 2015.

Beating nine other finalists
from around Europe in an intense shootout event, 24 year-old Daniel Sanham will now move to Milton Keynes in September to begin a 12-month placement working with the four-time Formula One World Championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing, as well as for Infiniti itself.

Daniel will spend eight months working as an Infiniti Placement Design Engineer (Electronics) at the team's headquarters in Milton Keynes, and four months working at Infiniti's European Technical Centre in Cranfield on road car development projects. With F1 technology more relevant to the automotive industry than ever, he will play a key role in the ongoing transfer of technical knowledge and expertise between the race team and Infiniti.

Thousands of students registered their interest in this year's program, and after a series of interviews, ten finalists in each region were selected to attend a regional final event where they were put through their paces in a structured assessment day by a panel of judges from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

"I was absolutely buzzing to hear I had landed the job. It's an amazing brand and team to go and work for and will without doubt be a brilliant experience. It will be a tough challenge but I can't wait to start now and get stuck in!" said Daniel.

Tommaso Volpe, Global Director, Infiniti Formula One added, "The calibre of entrants this year was very high which made for a tough selection process, but if last year's winners are anything to go by, it will not be long before all of them are making a significant contribution both to us and to the race team. With F1 becoming more and more relevant to the automotive industry and an increased focus of the placements this year being on the road car development, we are training a new generation of engineers who will play a key role in the crossover between the two industries."


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