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As part of a school project, students from the Baku Oxford School were tasked to learn more about Formula 1 and what would be required to establish a hypothetical Azerbaijani team.

Being the youngest team on the grid, and the only American marque, MoneyGram Haas F1 Team and the local promoter invited some students with a special interest in STEM topics to qualifying day at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

Baku Oxford School (BOS) is a leading international co-educational day school founded in 1998. Registered as a Centre for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and fully licensed by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, BOS offers both CIE and Azerbaijani state programs and qualifications to students aged 3-18 years old, from nursery up to and including Grade 12.

Five students from Azerbaijan, Iran, Germany and Singapore were invited to the garage to watch pit stop practice and get hands on with the VF-23. Juan Molina, Principal Aerodynamicist at MoneyGram Haas F1 Team, was on-hand to answers questions about car build, development and technical regulations during the car ‘show and tell’ presentation.

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Prepared with topics, the students then met with Team Principal, Guenther Steiner for an in-depth Q&A. Learning more about the running and logistics of a Formula 1 team. 

Steiner shared that the cost cap, car development and sustainability are key priorities when creating efficiency and stability within a team. “The cost cap is one of the best things to have happened to our sport in a long while, as it allows all teams to be operating at a similar level and not let those with finite resources run away in the development race. When looking at an operating budget, you spend a vast proportion of it in the simulator with parts for development which is crucial in modern day Formula 1. The new measures Formula 1 has put in place to become net zero carbon by 2030 means the hard work from teams will have a long-lasting contribution to the road car industry and make the sport sustainable in the long-term.” 

MoneyGram Haas F1 Team would like to thank Arsam, Carl-Leo, Sahara, Khayyam and Arad for their enthusiasm and passion for the sport and wishes them well in their ongoing studies. 

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