F1® in Schools presents, The Main Straight! An exciting podcast hosted by comedian and F1 E-Sports Presenter, Tom Deacon. On the first Monday of every month Tom will be giving you the ins and outs of F1 in Schools around the world with each episode bringing you a special guest!
Season 2 Episode #1: F1 in Schools x Autodesk
Each F1 in Schools car begins life as an idea in a students’ mind. The hard part? Bringing it into reality - taking that concept and converting it into a design that can be made, and raced.
And that’s where computer aided design (CAD) comes into play.
As the official CAD partner of F1 in Schools, Autodesk powers the designs of our future engineers and pioneers, with thousands of F1 in Schools students choosing Fusion 360 to create their cars every year. And in this special episode, host Tom Deacon catches up with Mike Westlake, Senior Manager GTM Strategy, and Donny Wong, Manufacturing Specialist (and F1 in Schools alum), to find out why.
Fresh from overseeing the F1 in Schools activation at Autodesk University in Las Vegas, Mike and Donny discuss everything from the benefits of learning CAD at a young age, the role it plays in the competition, and the incredible things it makes possible in the world - whether that’s greener buildings, smarter products, or record-breaking cars.
Episode #11: The Aramco F1 in Schools 2023 World Finals: The Review
In this exclusive collaboration episode, The Main Straight comes together with Off The Track to discuss everything that happened at the Aramco F1 in Schools 2023 World Finals! Featuring an exclusive interview with the newly-crowned World Champions, Recoil Racing, this episode provides a 360° look at the event from the perspective of a team, a judge, and the hosts themselves - makng it your one stop listen to catch up and deconstruct everything that happened in Singapore this September.
Episode #10: Aramco F1 in Schools 2023 World Finals: The Preview
If you’re wondering what’s in store for Singapore, this episode of The Main Straight is for you. Covering everything you need to know about the Aramco F1 in Schools 2023 World Finals this September, host Tom Deacon chats to David Howes, Director of Communications & Events, and Nelson Vale, Head of International Operations to find out what’s coming up at this year’s event.
Discussing the introduction of the halo, inaugural Nose Cone Challenge and optional new stopping system, this jam-packed episode also features a Q&A from listeners as Dave and Nelson share their thoughts on the questions you’re dying to know the answers to - such as, is there such a thing as having too many sponsors? How are the Rules & Regulations developed? And, of course, what are all-important afterparty plans? Listen now to find out.
Episode #9: Re-United
More than STEM, F1 in Schools creates careers in an incredible array of industries - and you’d be hard pressed to find a team that typifies this better than UK Competitors Unity. Competing in both the 2017 World Finals in Malaysia and 2018 World Finals in Singapore, they illustrated that different strengths and individual passions make for the strongest of teams, and the most diverse of careers. From securing roles in the Williams Academy to launching a tech start-up, each member has carved their own path, with the help of one shared passion - F1 in Schools.
Episode #8: Sustainability in Motorsport (Formula 1 X The Earth Prize)
In a thought-provoking discussion around the ever-increasing importance of sustainable thinking in motorsport, engineering, and education, host Tom Deacon speaks with the person leading the Sustainability Strategy of Formula 1® itself - Ellen Jones - and Erina Wan Zul, an F1® in Schools’ alum who now sits on the prestigious The Earth Prize Youth Board. Between these current and future drivers of change, we hear about the incredible work F1 is doing to make the sport green, clean, and accessible to all, and the ways in which the next generation of engineers looks set to make an impact on our planet and our people.
Episode #7: The Main Prize (Team Hydron, Aramco F1 in Schools World Champions 2022)
This week’s episode has a record-breaking number of guests as we speak to all six members of Hydron - our 2022 World Champions! Join us as we hear Will, Alastair, Ben, Alex, Tim, and Andrew discuss what it takes to reach that place on the podium; and the highs and lows they experienced on the way. From last-minute engineering changes and internal disputes, they tell host Tom Deacon about some of the behind-the-scenes dramas that happened on their journey to Silverstone, and the unwavering passion and incredible teamwork that got them there.