A team of four students from Robert May’s School in Odiham raced to third place at the Lenovo F1 in Schools UK national finals.

The finals took place at Autosport International – a motorsport show held at the NEC, Birmingham.

The school’s success has won them a place at the Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals 2023, to be staged in Singapore alongside this year’s Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.

The Lenovo F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2022 spanned two days of intense competition with a team from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School taking the UK champions crown.

The Robert May’s School team, Imperium, were on the podium in third place and also won the Lightning Reaction Time Award, Team Identity Award, Scrutineering Award and Best Engineered Car Award.

They were also nominated for the Portfolio Award and Research and Development Award.

In second place was Honeycomb Racing – a team of students from James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh.

Honeycomb Racing will represent Scotland at the world finals in Singapore, with Imperium joining the top two, representing England.

Andrew Denford, founder and chairman of F1 in Schools, said: “After two days of judging and racing for the competing teams it all came down to the wire and we crowned our Lenovo F1 in Schools UK champions.

“The judges were given a massive challenge by the outstanding work of these teams, with so much effort, passion, creativity and skill put into producing some of the most innovative designs of F1 in Schools scale-model Formula 1 cars of the future.

“All the teams are winners for reaching the national finals and for taking on the challenge presented by F1 in Schools.

“It is great to see them learning so much from the project, not just academically but also in the life skills they acquire in the process of competing and sharing their experience with their peers.

“We hope many of them will use the experience in their future careers and benefit from participating in the competition.

“For the teams who have won through to our world finals – see you in Singapore!”

The Lenovo F1 in Schools national finals took place with the assistance of a host of partners and supporters.