GSK-McLaren Pit Stop Challenge - final countdown!

19 May 2014

In January this year we kicked off our latest science ‘Challenge’ in partnership with the McLaren Group and McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 Team, and asked teams of young scientists to get under the skin of the science behind Formula 1™. 

Hundreds of 11-14 year olds from schools across the UK took on our ‘Pit Stop Challenge’. Students were asked to investigate how science could help the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ pit crew hit peak performance race after race throughout the Grand Prix season, to give their team the best chance of winning. The team has to regularly cope with heat and humidity, jet-lag, dehydration and physical and mental exhaustion.

We received some incredible entries and, after careful thought, six finalists have been selected by our judges to go through to the next stage of the competition. 

We’re delighted to announce that the following teams will be joining us for the final on the 20th May:

  • Team 1, Chipping Norton School, Oxfordshire
  • TMNT, Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Kent
  • The F1 Ducks, Gillingham School, Dorset
  • Kelvin Rosberg, Kelvin Hall School, Yorkshire
  • Team P1, Richard Hale School, Hertfordshire
  • Technical Analysis, Solihull School, West Midlands

These teams will get the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of science, technology and sports experts including: Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Neil Trundle from McLaren, and Kerry O’Callaghan from GSK.

Judging will take place at the new GSK Human Performance Lab, where top athletes and researchers are using science and technology to help improve human performance.  

Teams will be competing for some amazing prizes. The top three winners will get to visit the McLaren Technology Centre, and one overall winner will also win £1000 of science equipment for their school.

Check back in later on this week to see which team races off with the top prize and see what they got up to at the judging!�