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About the programme

The April 2019 course will be taught in the superb classroom environment of SportPesa Racing Point F1™ Team at Silverstone and will include an interactive learning session using Cranfield Simulation’s Formula 1 simulator at Cranfield University. 

You will be taught by tutors who are currently active and successful Race Engineers in Formula 1, WEC, BTCC and Indycar. They will teach you the latest technologies and tricks of the trade and you will benefit from their real world trackside experiences.

Each topic covered by the course has been carefully selected and designed to equip you with all the knowledge and skills required to develop your career as a Race Engineer.

On successful completion of this specialised course you will be awarded an industry recognised Certificate from the MIA School of Race Engineering. This will be an invaluable addition to your CV whether you are looking to further your career or education.

Course content:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Brake Performance
  • Data Analysis
  • Driver Communication
  • Electric Race Engineering
  • Optimising car set-up 
  • Performance Engineering 
  • Race Engineering 
  • Simulator Engineering
  • Strategy
  • Suspension
  • The Role of a Race Engineer
  • Tyre Engineering
  • Vehicle Dynamics 


Our confirmed tutors for the April 2019 School of Race Engineering can be found below. 

Ciaron Pilbeam - Chief Race Engineer - Renault F1

Ciaron has been working as an F1 Race Engineer for over 14 years. In that time he has worked for five different F1 teams, including the likes of BAR Honda, Red Bull Racing, McLaren and now Renault F1, where he is Chief Race Engineer. He has worked with a wide variety of drivers such as Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. Ciaron will be teaching the students about the role of a Race Engineer and will be sharing his experience, hints and tips on how to be a successful one. 

Willem Toet - Professor, Aerodynamics Specialist & Senior Sales Manager - Sauber Aerodynamik AG

Willem Toet is a renowned aerodynamicist with a rich career history, that includes heading the aerodynamic departments of four different Formula 1 teams such as Ferarri and most recently Sauber. With over 30 years' experience in F1, Willem not only knows all the aerodynamic tricks used in racing but he may have even pioneered a few too!

James Knapton - Head of Vehicle Science - Red Bull Advanced Technologies

James Knapton has enjoyed a rich career in Formula 1, as the Head of Vehicle Science and Force India, Sauber and Manor Racing F1 teams. His latest challenge consists of working with the likes of Adrian Newey on the Aston Martin Valkyrie project in his role as Head of Vehicle Science at Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Throughout his years in Formula 1 he has gained a vast knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics, suspension, aerodynamics, tyres, and control systems to name a few. He has also worked closely with many race engineers and knows the demands of the role and the required qualities and knowledge to succeed as a Race Engineer in Formula 1.

Ricardo Divila - Race Engineer - F1, IndyCar, F2, F3, GT & Prototype

Ricardo is one of the most experienced Race Engineers in the world, who has worked trackside for over 59 years! In that time he has competed at 2,600 races including 286 F1 Grand Prix's, 31 Le Mans 24 Hours and 25 IndyCar races.He has worked with 171 drivers in total, including the likes of Jenson Button, Mario Andretti and Sebastien Loeb. There is no other Race Engineer who can offer as much insight and experience as Ricardo Divila, and he will be teaching the students everything they need to know about Race Engineering, Tyres and Strategy. 

Rik Kasius - Race Engineer - Motorsport Consulting

Rik has been a Data Engineer and/or Race Engineer for an impressive variety of race teams so far in his career, including GT's, prototypes and has also been involved in simulator coaching at iZone and car development at RML. Working for Motorsport Consulting a company he founded in 2012, Rik currently race engineers in F4 for Van Amersfoort Racing, Formula Renault and LMP3. In addition to all the tasks of a Race Engineer, Rik focuses his attention on improving driver performance through effective internal and external communication, which was the topic of his MSc thesis. Drivers are the most important tool to unlock the performance of a racecar and so managing their mental state and ensuring they are given the right information at the right time is an essential part of being a Race Engineer and a skill which Rik will be sharing with the students during his presentations and the interactive simulator session. 

Robert Sattler - Race Engineer - DTM, F1, F3, Renault, StockCar, GT3 and LMP1

Robert is currently working as a race engineer for RBM-BMW, preparing driver Sheldon van der Linde for his rookie season in DTM. The last 4 seasons Robert has worked for Mercedes in DTM and race engineered the 2018 champion, Gary Paffett. Prior to Mercedes DTM, Robert was with RMGBMW and part of Marco Wittman's first DTM championship.

Robert has enjoyed various consulting positions in race engineering for different series such as GTOpen, Blancpain and WEC, Robert has also worked as a lead engineer at Roborace developing the Robocar, which leads exciting explorations into autonomous technology.

Philip Bishop - Technical Lead Motorsport Aerodynamics - Williams Advanced Engineering

Philip began his career at Caterham F1, developing and optimising the aerodynamic package of the team’s F1 cars. In 2014 he moved to Williams Advanced Engineering where he provided CFD, wind tunnel and track testing support for a variety of categories such as LMP1, World Touring Cars and GT. He also developed analysis tools and software to help teams and customers make informed decisions throughout the development cycle and during track testing. Philip will be educating the students on the different aerodynamic requirements between categories as well as the importance of correlation between wind tunnel, CFD and track data.

Will Phillips - Motorsport Safety Advisor - FIA Foundation

Will has over 30 years experience in Design, Performance and Trackside Engineering working as a Race Engineer in F1, IndyCar, BTCC, CART, AIMS and WTCR. He spent 5 years from 2011 to 2016 as the Vice President of Technology for IndyCar and now works for his own consultancy, KW Racing. Alongside working on a variety of motorsport projects with KW Motorsport and KW Special Projects, Will also race engineers for the Belgium WTCR team WRT and acts as a Motorsport Safety Advisor for the FIA Foundation. Having experience on both sides of the fence, Will understands the invaluable interaction between the governing body and Race Engineers during a race weekend and will be teaching the students the best approaches. 

Jason Carpenter - Trackside & Product Support Engineer - AP Racing

Jason graduated from Oxford Brookes University and has spent the last 13 years working in F1. Starting off as a Wind Tunnel engineer for Williams F1, Jason then moved to Pirelli and worked as a Trackside Tyre Engineer in the F1 pitlane. This role involved working with his assigned F1 team in the garage, speaking to the drivers, attending team briefings whilst monitoring and measuring the wear and degradation of the different tyre compounds to try and help the team optimise their tyre performance for their strategy. Now, Jason works at AP Racing where he once again spends the majority of his time in the F1 pitlane, managing the brake and clutch components that AP Racing supplies to several teams.

Tom Cooper - Design Engineer - Xtrac

The science behind developing efficient gearboxes that can cope with the extreme loads experienced in motorsport, whilst maintaining performance and reliability is a tough task and one that Xtrac achieves very well in nearly every category of racing. Tom Cooper has had a varied career, working as a Motorsport Technician for PalmerSport, a Powertrain Technician for McLaren GT and now a Design Engineer for Xtrac. With a strong belief that nothing beats seeing gearbox components 'in the flesh' to really understand how they work, Tom will include a wide range of real race components within his session so that students can really get to grips with the parts that help to win races. 

Craig Bremner - Senior Analyst - Xtrac

Developing reliable and lightweight motorsport components takes specialist knowledge and methods. Craig Bremner works in the Advanced Engineering department of Xtrac, analysing component designs and optimising transmission solutions. Craig brings experience from multiple industries, having previously worked in the aerospace sector for Airbus. During the presentation, Craig will give an overview of internal transmission components, such as differentials. He will also cover hybrid and electric powertrains, which are becoming prominent in motorsport. Understanding how transmissions operate, along with the sizing and testing of components, will give students insight to what's needed for a race winning car. 

As a graduate of the MIA School of Race Engineering

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an industry-recognised certificate of completion from the MIA School of Race Engineering.


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