British Embassy marks beginning of 4th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

ABU DHABI: The British Embassy in the UAE, together with UK Trade ‘&’ Investment, marked the beginning of the fourth Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a celebration of British engineering excellence at the Emirates Palace hotel on Wednesday 31 October.

Bringing together experts from the fields of F1, motoring, aerospace and architecture, the F1 Innovation and Adaptation’ event demonstrated how F1 know-how is being increasingly applied to a diverse range of sectors and industries. A panel session made up of representatives from McLaren Automotive, BAE Systems, Williams F1, Atkins and Mercedes AMG Petronas, discussed how F1 technology can influence everything from medicine to architecture and from military hardware to aerospace.

The breadth and reach of F1 technology was illustrated by the comprehensive range of equipment on display at a specially organised Innovation Showcase. The showcase represented the very best in British expertise and innovation and included an MP4-12C road car and rolling chassis from McLaren Automotive; a Typhoon cockpit demonstrator from BAE Systems; and a Typhoon engine from Rolls Royce.

Commenting on the event, British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey said: “The UK is at the forefront of the Formula 1 industry and leads the world when it comes to the research, development and manufacture of advanced technologies. Today’s event brought together these complementary worlds, demonstrating what can be achieved through effective partnerships and collaborations, something which will become increasingly important as both the UK and the UAE prepare themselves for a post-carbon world.” The UK acts as a base for two-thirds of the world’s F1 teams and provides expertise and input into every car on the starting grid, irrespective of its origins. From design through to manufacture and assembly, British expertise fuels F1 innovation.

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