Racing Point were announced as the Aston Martin works team for this year's Formula 1 season, and Sidney Engineering undergraduate Max Minter will be on board during an exciting internship opportunity.
Max is here to fill us in on how the opportunity came about, the type of work he expects to do, and what he’s most looking forward to about the internship.
Congratulations, Max! Tell us more about how you found out about the internship and the application process?
I found out about the internship through the Department of Engineering’s Industrial Placements scheme, which each week posts a list of internship vacancies from around the country. The application process started with submitting my CV and cover letter along with an online form on the team's website asking why I wanted to apply and about any motorsport-related experience I had. After this, I had two interviews with the team - one technical interview followed by a competency interview.
What type of work will you be doing for Racing Point?
I will be working in the aerodynamics department at the team. This means I will be assisting senior engineers in designing aerodynamic parts to put on the car to improve its performance. Part of this will involve running Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and using the Mercedes F1 wind tunnel to verify the designs.
What are you most excited about doing during the internship and what do you hope to get out of it?
As part of the internship, I'm super excited about being able to join the race control room at the weekends because I'll be able to see every detail about the running of the car - something which is usually kept very secret from the fans. F1 has some of the best engineers in the world and I hope to be able to learn how they, and the inside of a Formula One team, works.
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