Let’s start at the end: the Scuderia Toro Rosso day at the Engineering Faculty of the Milan Polytechnic ended with a barrage of questions for our engineers, from the students and with a lightning visit to the workshop of their Formula Student team. The event organised with the Polimi Career Service was an outstanding success.
The core of the event, held recently in Milan, were the lectures from three of our engineers, who explained to the large group of student from different engineers courses, how a Formula 1 car concept is arrived at, how it is designed, produced and developed once it hits the track. The aim of the day was to give all the students an overview of the sort of careers available in a Formula 1 team like ours, which has always believed in identifying and developing young talent, on track and at the factory.
Greenlighting the day in the Main Hall of the Bovisa campus was Laura Giampaoli, Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Senior HR Manager, who gave an overview of our team, before looking at specific projects such as Formula Future, which give students and graduates the chance to experience training and working in our Faenza factory. Then it was the turn of our three musketeers, three young Italian engineers who spoke about their job and the specific roles of the various sections and of the challenges they face every day.
Marcello Pelis, a Senior Aerodynamicist, who graduated at Polimi, explained how the various departments interact when it comes to the final definition of the car, before concentrating on aerodynamic topics anf the use of CFD and our wind tunnel in Bicester, England. Ivo Cosimi, Project Leader Mechanical Design, went through the design process, starting with the general layout all the way to the definition of the details of the car. Finally, another local boy from the Polimi, Daniele Busato, Senior Engineer Vehicle Dynamics, explained how the car is run at the track over a normal race weekend, with the focus on analysing data to monitor reliability and performance. The talks got an overwhelmingly positive response, with lots of interesting and relevant questions. The enthusiasm of the students is the best possible start on the way to building a future in what is a very competitive sector!