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INFINITI Gives Young Middle East Engineer a Life Changing Career Opportunity with Renault Sport Formula One Team

Dubai, UAE – An engineering student from the UAE has been awarded the career opportunity of a lifetime in Automotive and Formula One, as INFINITI announces Yazan Alhindawi as the Middle East winner of the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2017.

Having been selected from thousands of entries and beating nine other finalists from around the country in an action-packed event at INFINITI Arabian Automobiles Centre in Dubai. 24-year-old Yazan Alhindawi from the UAE will move to the UK in October for a career opportunity of a lifetime, complete with travel, accommodation, access to an INFINITI company car, a salary and the possibility to work alongside world-leading engineers at the cutting edge of the automotive and motorsport industries.

Alhindawi who is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate and currently enrolled in a Masters in Health, Safety and Environment at the Petroleum Institute, will spend six months working at Renault Formula One Team’s Technical Center in the UK (Enstone) and six months working at INFINITI’s European Technical Center (Cranfield). He will play a key role in the ongoing transfer of technical knowledge and expertise between Renault Sport Formula One Team and INFINITI.

“With every edition of the Academy, we are more and more impressed by the amount of interest received from students all over the world and the incredible level of the talent attracted. Students have seen the accomplishments of our former Academy graduates, who have forged successful careers in both automotive and motorsport and, as a result, more students than ever before want to participate to get this once-in-a-lifetime engineering experience to launch their careers”, said Tommaso Volpe, Global Director, INFINITI Motorsport.

“With Formula One becoming more relevant to the automotive industry and with an increased focus of the placements this year being on the road car development, we are training a new generation of engineers who will play a key role in the crossover between the two industries,” added Volpe.

Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East, also commented: “With another successful conclusion of the evaluation process, we are proud to announce Yazan as the winner of this truly unique program. Through the course of the two days, he demonstrated hard work, dedication and a strong team work ethic – all of which are values that we as INFINITI value highly. We wish Yazan all the best during his tenure in the UK.”

Commenting on his win, Alhindawi said, “When my name was announced, I couldn’t believe it! I met nine other very capable and strong candidates in the Final, who were all deserving of the opportunity, so I feel very fortunate to be selected as the winner. The real challenge now lies ahead and cannot wait to get started on this journey for what I believe will be a fantastic year ahead. I can’t wait to get started and I will give it all to prove I am a winner worthy of this amazing opportunity.” 

The INFINITI Engineering Academy, now in its fourth year, is a one-of-a-kind global search for the world’s best up-and-coming engineers. For 2017, seven placements are available with one winner chosen each from Asia-Pacific, Canada, China, Europe (incl. Russia), Mexico, United Arab Emirates and US, to work with INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One Team. The 2017 edition of the Academy attracted over 12,000 registrations from 41 different countries, setting a new record with a near-threefold increase on last year.

For more information on the INFINITI Engineering Academy, please visit http://academy.infiniti.com.


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