A Coventry University student has been offered a place on a Formula 1 programme.
Muaaz Shah, who is studying automotive engineering, got the opportunity after the university was the only institution to award the F1 scholarship.
The scheme was launched as part of F1’s WeRaceAsOne last year and aims to address societal issues in the sport, specifically looking to break down barriers in the industry and tackle under-representation.
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Coventry University was chosen by F1 and only 10 students from the UK and Italy secured a place on the scholarship.
And Muaaz, 20, says he is so excited to start and feels “really honored to have had this chance”.
“Honestly, I’m so excited. Words can’t describe this opportunity given to me – I feel truly honored to have had this chance,” he said.
“Grateful isn’t even the word – I can’t stress enough how grateful I am for this opportunity presented by Coventry University and Formula 1.
“With all the equipment here at Coventry University, I’m spoiled for choice. We have racing simulators, state-of-the-art facilities – we practically have our own Formula 1 garage here.
“I’m confident this course can help me pursue my dream of working in research, development and design within the F1 industry.”
Patricia Ashman, Associate Director of the School of Recruitment and Marketing at Coventry University’s School of Engineering, Environment and Computing, said: “Diversity and inclusion are core values for any profession or industry, and engineering and motorsport are no exception.
“It’s an exciting time for Muaaz and we look forward to working with him as he takes his first steps towards pursuing a dream career in F1.”
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