News

Formula One dreams come true for local student

DREAM JOB: Former Alstonville High student Jaden Partridge will compete to land a job with a Formula 1 team.
DREAM JOB: Former Alstonville High student Jaden Partridge will compete to land a job with a Formula 1 team. Contributed

IN TWO weeks Jaden Partridge will walk into a Formula One garage to start his dream job.

The 21 year old from Teven has been announced the winner of a 12-month engineering placement with INFINITI Motorsport Company and Renault Sport Formula One in England.

Last Sunday he travelled to Hong Kong to compete against nine other students from the Asia-Oceania region where he won one of seven coveted positions world-wide.

More than 4000 people entered the online competition, and Mr Partridge said it is "unreal" and still hasn't sunk in yet.

The week since the announcement has been a blur of interviews, planning for the move and catching up with family before he moves overseas for the placement.

He will put his engineering degree at the QUT on hold while he takes up the position.

Mr Partridge said the two day competition was "very full-on". The finalists were assessed on both group and individual projects, as well as facing a panel interview and press conference.

He said the process was very interesting, and working with a group of other people, all working towards the same dream, was challenging and threw up some interesting dynamics.

At the end of the two days the President of INFINITI Motorsport Company announced the winner.

Mr Partridge said he couldn't believe it when his name was read out.

"I felt like I couldn't get my feet moving," he said. "I felt frozen."

He said Chris Dwyer (Head of Vehicle Performance, Renault Sport F1) said he was chosen because he placed consistently in the top pack of students in all of the activities.

While it was his dream to work in the motorsport industry, Mr Partridge said this was beyond what he thought he could achieve at such an early stage of his career, and he wanted other people like him to know they can achieve their dream as well

"As long as you are driven and persistent, you can do whatever you want.

"If there is another version of me at high school, I want them to not feel it is impossible."

In two weeks, the hard work begins.

In England he will live with some of the other winners, and will spend six months with INFINITI Motorsport Company and six months with Renault Sport Formula One.

With INFINITI, based in Cranfield, he will work with the team who develop the Energy Recovery System currently being used in Renault's Formula One cars.

Another six months will then be spent with Renault Motorsport team in one of a variety of areas.

Mr Partridge said he was interested in working on vehicle dynamics and suspension design, but was happy to see where the experience took him.

At the end of the year, he hopes to be offered a permanent position after completing his studies, but in the meantime, he is enjoying the dream.

Topics:  alstonville high school formula one jaden partridge qut



Parents warned off high profile anti-vax campaigner

Controversial American speaker on health, nutrition and food, David 'Avocado' Wolfe, is coming back to Byron Bay.

David Wolf 'may influence vulnerable parents already hesitating'

Business owners find millions under the mattress

Millionaire mattress makers Mitchell Taylor and Dany Milham.

'Traditional retailers will wet their pants when they read this'

Top 10 things to do this weekend

Reece Smith, Ernie Angelosanto and Shayne Smith will compete for the top of the leaderboard at this weekend's Jodie's Inspiration Golf Day.

Are you looking to get out and about over the next two days?

Local Partners

New Bishop to lead church through dark times: Archbishop

"At this time the Catholic community ... hang our heads in shame in apology, in determination to ensure such failures do not happen ever again."


Top 10 things to do this weekend

Reece Smith, Ernie Angelosanto and Shayne Smith will compete for the top of the leaderboard at this weekend's Jodie's Inspiration Golf Day.

Are you looking to get out and about over the next two days?

Teeing off to support Jodie's Inspiration

Reece Smith, Ernie Angelosanto and Shayne Smith will compete for the top of the leaderboard at this weekend's Jodie's Inspiration Golf Day.

Vie for the top of the leaderboard, if you dare

Anzac Cup kicks off the new season for soccer

READY TO GO: Greg McMahon of Tursa and Richmond Rovers coach Todd Jones with the Anzac Cup men's premier trophy this week. The competition will kick off tonight.

THE Anzac Cup soccer competition is in it's 68th year

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

'LA LA Land? I only made it through 20 minutes.' Samuel L Jackson reveals his Oscars choices.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!