The Greek student team Infinite Racing, from Mantoulides School crowned F1 in schools World Champions 2016, the Greek flag waved on the highest point and the National Anthem was heard in distant Austin, Texas.
The members of Infinite Racing Team won first place in the global design competition of manufacturing and racing of small model Formula 1 cars «F1 in Schools 2016», taking the World Champions crown and lifting the famous Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy. Greek students prevailed among 39 teams from 23 countries, accumulating a total of 852.3 points against 837.8 of the second group from Australia and 770.5 of the third from Germany.
The members of the group are high school students, Kyriakos Theofanidis Charalambos Kalfas, Vasileia Niavi, Stylianos Mavromatis and Angeliki Samara.
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.