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First Canadian placed at Infiniti Academy

McGill University student Felix Lamy heading to UK and Formula 1

Published: July 29, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 12:52 PM

IEA Canada individual testing

A Canadian student is going to Formula 1, thanks to Infiniti and Renault Sport.

Gatineau, Quebec student Felix Lamy, a 21-year old student at McGill University, has been awarded a 1-year placement at the Infiniti Engineering Academy in the UK starting this fall, with six months spent at the Renault Sport Formula One team headquarters in Enstone, England.

“The opportunity and experience gained from a program like the Infiniti Engineering Academy is life-changing and I am honoured to have been able to participate in the Canadian final as a judge,” said Stephen Lester, managing director of Infiniti Canada. “I’m excited for Felix to begin his placement in November and I look forward to watching how his career develops as a result.”

Lamy is the first Canadian student to receive one of the seven Infiniti Engineering Academy placements that have been awarded for the past two years. Thousands of entries were received for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with 10 finalists chosen after a series of interviews, and then meeting up in Montreal for a day of competition head-to-head and in teams to determine the Canadian spot at the Academy.

IEA Canada judging

“I am absolutely ecstatic to land the job I had previously thought was out of reach before learning about the Infiniti Engineering Academy – working in Formula One,” beamed Lamy. “The competition was fierce; the nine other finalists were all very impressive in different ways. I still can’t quite believe it. Working in the United Kingdom with Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula One Team is going to be an amazing experience and I look forward to all of the challenges that come along with it.”

Lamy credits his parents with instilling in him a sense of curiosity and a desire to learn. He is looking forward to working overseas in order to not just learn in an atmosphere he considers very supportive to technological education and development, but also as a cultural hub. He says he is looking forward to not just learn but also to have an impact in the auto engineering field.

The unique Infiniti Engineering Academy program has attracted 4,108 registrations from 44 different countries, and has seen a number of previous winners going on to secure careers in the automotive and motorsport industries.

IEA Canada team exercises

“The extraordinary level of interest in this year’s Infiniti Engineering Academy has been absolutely fantastic,” said Tommaso Volpe, Global Director of Infiniti Motorsport. “Students have seen the accomplishments of our Academy’s graduates, who have gone on to forge successful careers in the automotive industry. This has meant that more students than ever want to use the Academy to gain vital engineering experience and launch their own careers.

“With F1 becoming more and more relevant to the automotive industry and 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,” concluded Volpe.