Your gateway to the Formula 1 (part 1)


A team of F1 is a drain of talent in various areas with a common link: all are interrelated to deceive the time. Computer scientists, designers, experts in materials, aerodynamics, electronics, data analysis, and many of them, the most engineers, they learn the magic that you get to do it in 59 seconds the things that normally would take a minute.

“Brookes is one of the farms more accessible to those who read this article”.

The engineers do not pollinate the stamens of speed by art of magic, or sprout which mushrooms by spontaneous generation, but that they breed and develop in sites very specific. You can leave very well-formed and of the Polytechnic of Valencia, the Nebrija or the master Fields or the of Monllau, but the teams —English in their great majority— tend to lay their nets in the vicinity. The University of Bath, Imperial College of that went to Adrian Newey or Cranfield are great tunnels for getting on the fast track to the top of the speed, but a huge success rate among the graduates of Brookes, and is one of the farms more accessible to those who read this article.

so much so, that of the ninety enrolled in the master of motorsport 2016-2017, about thirty are Spanish-speaking, and of them, twenty are Spanish. They understand each other very well with mexicans, colombians, and ecuadorians, but there are also germans, a lot of canadian and north american, some Italian, austrian, and a stack of hindus. What less is there? English. The locals always go apart and interact less with outsiders. Of that nearly hundred, there are half a dozen girls, two are Spanish, valencian and the pilot Alba Cano, which combines the monkey racing with the white coat of the practical classes in the UK.


Brookes has three centres of study —three faculties— and the closest to the Formula 1 is about nine kilometres from the centre of the city. Oxford is the hell with capital letters for the motorist. Parking is complicated, there is hardly room on the street and the ncp car parks can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The university will only drive those who live on the outskirts and are poorly communicated to you in the excellent public service, although parking within the grounds has to pay an annual fee. The normal thing is to go by bike or use one of the four bus lines property of the university. Use vehicles similar to those of municipal lines that you’re accustomed to seeing but totally mimetized with their logos as if it were a race car, with the colors and advertising of Brookes.

For those staying in the residences concerted are free of charge, although the general public you can climb to a change of 4.80 pounds in journey back and forth even when not studying. Just ahead of the university pass a bus in two hours and change from 10 pounds back and forth you plant in London. The train takes an hour less, but you’ll have to go down to the center of the city to pick it up.


When you walk in the door, on the first day, you are lead to a classroom in which you explain the course that you’re going to do and you can you to take the sopapo of your life: the door is flanked by not one, but two Formula 1: Williams and BAR-Honda, who are in the hallways. Alucinas color because you probably never before have seen one so close. are In fact two showcars, racing cars, unfinished, no motors, no electronics, but does not fail to impress. Generally tend to be mounted with parts, poorly finished, and who have not passed the quality tests, or who have served only for testing.

“Who did the suspensions Schumacher will leave you to do what you want… under your supervision”.

Where yes there is a Formula 1 truth and fully operational is in the test lab; a collector has transferred to the university several cars real and they are for fooling around in them. They have a Force India, a Indy, and other cars of a certain shaft. You can see them but not touch them directly, unless you speak with the manager, a lovely guy who did the suspensions to Schumacher when he raced for Ferrari. If you arrive and you say “I want to put together a box of changes, or handle the weights, or to control the weighing”, to give three examples, the guy gets with you and leaves you to make them what you want… always under your supervision. That day you will say very probably for the first time in your life: I have gotten hand of a Formula 1 truth.


Surprising that the classes are very impractical. They are very rigorous and incredibly academic, it’s all very serious, very like in the movies in england and that rigor is transmitted mint vertical, imposes. The practical will by a line parallel to and yes you find it, but outside of the classroom. there is No direct contact with the equipment or the industry, but from time to time representatives of the teams are dropped to give a lecture, and it is when they ask questions, “who rises, who is really good, do you know do that type of glasses? that made me good questions, this one has a good idea…”.

“Need learners eager to get work and something of the idea: the second year”.

Usually interested a lot by the students of the second course of the three-year career, that is, the ‘undergraduates’; the master does not interest them both. The reason is simple: need trainees, apprentices, types eager to get work, you have some idea, but without mastering the subjects and that profile is give to the second year. The third, or the master will be in the labour market the following year and no-one wants to go out by the door with things they have seen inside their heads… who would instruct the Mercedes of 2018 to a fellow in 2017 knowing that you can go to Williams next year?

once in a when they receive the visit of people from Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Williams, McLaren, Cosworth… last year Ferrari was the only Italian there; it was not to be in the same country, but because they spoke the same language. (Mental note: if you speak English feten, you are doing well, but if you add more languages to your CV will be much better).


Around you have to Williams to throw a stone, Red Bull not so far away, Mini, Jaguar, Land Rover, and when you say that you are from Brookes you open the doors. If you tell them that you are arriving from any european university is not british, for very good as it is, the reality is that you have to give explanations. By the way, and this can be a problem. The master of Brookes hill 6.800 pounds if you are a citizen of the old continent; the coming year you will have to add a 1,000 pounds more to the bill, but on the day that you cash in on the Brexit, the bill will rise to 14,300 fewer pounds, which is what apoquinan non-european students.

residence for course it comes to cost 7,000 pounds with the face of her majesty Elizabeth II on them, more or less the same as that of the master. To that you’ll have to add some pasta to the birdseed daily, laundry 2,20 pounds for washing and 1 pound for the dryer. Add some pocket money for minor expenses, but necessary. There are some homes that give you more services, or even in which you can move with your family, but will cost more depending on the number of services that you provide.

next week, the second part. Subjects, duration, the life in Oxford and what awaits you if you decide to go there.

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