Teen leads team into 'F1 finals'


KUALA LUMPUR: A 16-year-old student may provide a new technology in Formula 1 racing.

Krisna Devan Vellayadevan, a Form 4 student of SMK Bandar Tun Hussein Onn 2 in Cheras, Selangor, has designed a revolutionary F1 mini-car with his Vitesse Racing school team.

His team won the regional "F1 In Schools Technology Challenge", organised by the Education Ministry recently, to qualify for the national finals in Penang from Nov 4 to 7.

The winners will represent the country at an international competition.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Datuk Dr Prakash Rao said Krisna's team was collaborating with Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Kedah, to prepare for the finals.

"Vitesse Racing has to develop an F1 mini-car out of balsa wood by complying with the given specifications, rules and regulations to compete.

"The team has in the past few months been busy preparing a business plan, developing a budget and raising sponsorship," said Dr Prakash.

Krisna is the team manager-cum design engineer. The other students in the team are graphic designer Rifaat Naim, resource manager Saw Zhi Shan and manufacturing engineer Hurul Ain Azman Shah, while the teacher adviser is Farouq Idris.

"Teams are judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and the marketing display stand in the pits," said Dr Prakash, who is Selangor-Kuala Lumpur Telugu Cultural and Welfare Association president.

Dr Prakash said the competition was held through "F1 in Schools Ltd" to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One.

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