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INFINITI Engineering Academy 2018 Middle East winner crowned after an exciting trackside final at Yas Marina Circuit

·         INFINITI names Fahim Choudhary a student from the UAE currently studying at Lancaster University as the 2018 Middle East winner of its acclaimed INFINITI Engineering Academy, following an intense trackside final at Yas Marina Circuit during the weekend’s Grand Prix™

·         Choudhary will begin his 12-month placement with INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team in January 2019

·         Choudhary is one of the only seven winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges from INFINITI, Renault Sport Formula One™ Team and Harvard University

Dubai, UAE – Engineering student Fahim Choudhary has earned today his title as the Middle East’s Final winner of the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2018, securing a highly-coveted and exclusive opportunity to work in automotive and Formula One™ with INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team.


The 23 year-old student from UAE was selected from thousands of applications.


The INFINITI Engineering Academy is INFINITI’s global search for bright engineering talent to work across automotive and Formula One. It is the only recruitment program of its kind in the world, bringing an array of young, diverse and fresh thinking engineering talent who will gain first-hand knowledge and experience working alongside seasoned automotive and racetrack engineers in the exciting world of Formula One.


After an action-packed event held trackside at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi at Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Grand Prix 2018 this weekend, a panel including judges from INFINITI, Renault Sport Formula One Team and decision science experts from Harvard University proclaimed Choudhary as the winner.


Competing against nine other finalists from around the region, Choudhary demonstrated to be a worthy winner as he tackled the numerous tests involved in the final event, including an engineering exam, one-to-one interviews with the judges, a dragster car build, challenges especially designed for the occasion by a team from Harvard University and by Renault Sport Formula One Team, and facing the media in a tough Q&A session where journalists from different industries evaluated his communication skills.


Choudhary will relocate to the UK in January 2019 and be provided with a competitive salary, an INFINITI company car, travel and accommodations for one year. The engineering student at Lancaster University will spend six months working at the Renault Formula One Team’s Technical Center in the UK (Enstone) and six months at INFINITI’s European Technical Center (Cranfield). He will play a key role in the ongoing transfer of technical knowledge and expertise between Renault Sport Formula One Team and INFINITI.


Tommaso Volpe, Director, INFINITI Global Motorsport and Performance Projects, said: “The INFINITI Engineering Academy has grown every year, and now in our fifth year, competition for our limited number of slots is intense. Our partners at Renault Sport Formula One Team and Harvard University have helped us select the brightest engineering students from around the globe who will contribute to the future of the sport and the automotive industry.”


Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing, also commented: “Attracting top new talent is crucial for success in Formula One, so we want to make sure that together with INFINITI we select the best engineers to work for this programme. Each one of these young engineers brings fresh perspectives and new ideas to the race team, which are vital.”


“The INFINITI Engineering Academy is helping to change the lives of a number of young engineers, providing them with hands-on experience with INFINITI and  Renault Sport Formula One Team. We congratulate our Middle East winner and look forward to hearing about his experience and achievements over the next 12 months”, added Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East.

For the 2018 edition of the Academy, INFINITI has partnered with Harvard University Professor Dr. Julia Minson, who specializes in decision science.  Dr. Minson is working with the INFINITI Engineering Academy to conduct ground-breaking research into decision making in engineering, and how the very best engineers perform under pressure to make decisions when faced with vast amounts of complex data. The learnings from the research will then be incorporated by both the INFINITI engineering and motorsport teams to optimize their decision-making processes.


For more information on the INFINITI Engineering Academy, please visit academy.infiniti.com


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