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Special needs students get exclusive tour of Caterham garage at Singapore Grand Prix

By Anjali RaguramanEvents - 20 September 2013 12:59 PM | Updated 5:58 PM

Special needs students get exclusive tour of Caterham garage at Singapore Grand Prix

They wanted to know how drivers feel during a Formula One race.

And they also learnt how the different F1 teams are allotted to the garages – believe it or not, it is based on merit.

A group of students from the Association For Persons with Special Needs (APSN Tanglin) school were treated to a special tour of the Caterham F1 team garage last night at the Pit Building of the Singapore Grand Prix circuit in Marina Bay.

The five students, aged 15 and 16, were shown around the garage, which is usually restricted from public view, and they also got to tour the pit lane.

The tour, led by Quentin Warren, director of partner services for Caterham, gave an insider's look at how the team’s trademark green-and-yellow cars were assembled.

The students also got to see the engineers in action as they prepared for the practice sessions on Friday.

Caterham team engineers hard at work before Friday's practice session.

While walking past the other team garages, Warren explained to the students that the positions of the garages were dependent on the team’s performance in the previous year. “This is our fourth year in F1. Our target? To beat those guys,” he said, pointing to the neighbouring Marussia team garage.

One student asked if drivers ever got nervous during a race, and Warren said that "if you're apprehensive while racing, then you're in the wrong job". He also cited the team’s owner and founder, Malaysian business magnate Tony Fernandes’ personal credo, “Dream the impossible, believe the unbelievable, and never take no for an answer”.

Quentin Warren (far right), director of partner services with Team Caterham, explaining the ins and outs of F1 racing to the students.

Azlia Irny, the accompanying teacher on the tour, said the students selected were prefects who were more vocal and well-behaved.

One of the students, Nur Sakinah Idris, 15, enjoyed the experience. She said: “It was so nice to see it. It was fun to see the tyres. We learn a lot of things about F1."

Team driver Giedo van der Garde was also on hand to meet and greet the children at the end of the tour, which was organised in partnership with LG Electronics.

 

Students from APSN Tanglin with F1 Team Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde. It is van der Garde's second year in F1.