Back to the future with Hamilton’s car
Students at the National College for Motorsport (NC4M) are working on World Champion Lewis Hamilton’s car – well – his first ever race car.
The vehicle is a throw back to Hamilton’s days competing for Manor Motorsport in the Formula Renault UK Championships in 2003. The vehicle was later donated to the NC4M which is part of Tresham College and based at Silverstone Circuit.
“The vehicle historic appeal for some of our full-time 16 year-old students here who were tiny tots when Lewis was on the track in this car. Now they all aspire to be working in the pits with today’s Formula One racing teams,” explained Jim Harrod Motorsport Manager at NC4M, previously Chief Mechanic with Williams F1.
Of the 100 full-time students aged 16+ at the NC4M, half will go on to apprenticeships after their first year and more will do the same after opting to study for a second year. Former students are now working in Formula One teams and travelling around the world, one has even joined the team behind the Fast and Furious film franchise.
In addition to entry level full-time courses, Advanced Apprenticeships are run as block release to fit in classroom studies with the track season.
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