With one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar taking place this weekend, Marussia F1 Team drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic have been busy, getting involved in all aspects of life in Singapore. QNET invited Charles Pic to The German European School Singapore (GESS) to take part in an F1 in Schools project, while both drivers headed down to the marina bayfront to take on two professional tennis players at their own game on Thursday 20 September.
With German driver Timo Glock, proclaiming the Singapore GP to be his favourite race and this being the Frenchman’s rookie trip to the small island state, they have been getting to know the lay of the land, meeting sports enthusiasts and younger F1 fans. Pic was invited by QNET to an event at GESS, where he raced model Formula 1 cars against two young pupils to see who had quicker reaction times. The event was in conjunction with an F1 in Schools project that has been embedded into the curriculum at the school, aimed at enthusing pupils on the topics of design, engineering and technology. The programme challenges students to use software to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1 car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder. Marussia F1 Team fans at the school were treated to autograph signings and numerous photo opportunities with the driver.
Managing Director of F1 in Schools, Tham Siew Keong said, “I’m really glad that QNET and Marussia F1 Team is able to arrange for Charles Pic to meet up and race with the students from the German European School Singapore. This would definitely heighten the awareness of F1 in Schools and also encourage more students to take up the program which mirrors the real world of Formula One.”
Charles Pic, Marussia F1 Team driver, said of the school event, “I had great fun attending the QNET-sponsored F1 in Schools event at the German European School Singapore today. It was interesting to see how the children can learn about engineering, science and technology in a fun and exciting way, whilst also opening their eyes to possible careers in motorsport in the future. Everyone involved seemed really enthusiastic about the day’s activities so I’m glad I was able to participate.”
GESS Principle, Mr Torsten Steininger was thrilled by Charles Pic’s gesture to visit the school and take time off out of his busy schedule to inspire their students about Formula 1. He continued, “The exciting project of “Formula 1 in schools” is a great motivator for students and staff to develop a better understanding of science in our modern world.
“The chance to compete in a high tech environment is a key driver for excellence in many GESS students and thus highly appreciated by the community.”
Later in the afternoon, both Glock and Pic enjoyed the spectacular views from Marina Bay Sands, where they faced the might of professional ATP tennis players Janko Tipsarevic and Kei Nishikori on a specially laid out blue carpet tennis court. Both drivers looked comfortable with a racket in their hand, proving their athleticism both on and off the track.
Timo Glock, Marussia F1 Team driver, said “If I hadn’t made it as an F1 driver I would have liked a career in tennis, so going head to head against professional players like Kei Nishikori and Janko Tipsarevic today was really enjoyable, especially with the incredible backdrop of the Marina Bay Sands. Charles, Nico and I are all very competitive so we had to remember it was just a bit of fun, but really I wanted to win. I wish Kei and Janko all the best in the remainder of ATP World Tour this year.”
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