How to become a Formula 1 engineer: Amy's story



In my job

I am a CFD engineer, which stands for Computational Fluid Dynamics. I help the team in Racing Point Force India F1 develop ways to make our racing cars go faster by running digital experiments on a computer. Most of my work is computer based. Day to day I might be reviewing or setting up simulations (computer-based experiments).

A young woman, Amy, is working on an F1 design at the computer

Formula 1 is such an exciting world because you are involved in the development process, and then you get to see the car for real on the track!

At school

At first I struggled with Maths and used to get kept behind in class, but then something clicked! From then on Maths was my favourite subject. In Scotland we do exams called Highers, so I did Higher and Advanced Maths. I also learnt about Physics and how when air or water hit a solid object, they will pass a force on to it. Something I later needed to know about, because a Formula 1 car can take a corner at over two hundred kilometres an hour!

At university

I applied to do International Relations and French, but in my second year I picked up a Maths module, and found I was more interested in Maths and Engineering, so I went on to do a Master's degree in CFD.

Top tips

Most schools have a careers advisor; interrogate them a bit! Look for a job that you want to do and think about how your skills could apply to it.

a young woman, Amy, shows a formula 1 front wing piece of carbon.

Amy's career path

Amy's career path

What to expect if you want to be a motorsport engineer

  • Salary: Widely variable ranging from £18,000 to £60,000
  • Working hours: On average 35-40 hours per week
  • Entry requirements: Engineering Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) through an apprenticeship or degree in related area

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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