Matt Cruickshank, a 20 year-old student from Sydney, has realised his ambition to work in Formula One after being head hunted by Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey and the Red Bull Formula1 racing team – and he says it was the F1 in Schools competition which got him there.
Matt started off in an aerodynamic development team using wind tunnels and since then has moved on to the CFD department, using computational fluid dynamics to analyse the aerodynamics of the race cars (one of which is driven by Australian Mark Webber) in a virtual environment. A typical day for Matt is spent simulating airflow over the race car using super computers, analysing the results and working with the aerodynamicists, “Fundamentally this is the same as the work the students do in F1 in Schools, but on a much bigger scale!”, he explains, “No day is ever the same. I work with a wide variety of people, mainly with aerodynamicists who design and scheme the part, and also the surfacing team and model designers who work with CAD to manufacture the parts. The work can be challenging but is also very rewarding. I have learned an amazing amount so far and continue to learn more each day. I wouldn’t have got this far without F1 in Schools.”