25 September 2017

INFINITI Gives Young Aussie Engineer A Life Changing Career Opportunity With Renault Sport Formula

  • Engineering student from Australia wins a place in the 2017 edition of the acclaimed INFINITI Engineering Academy.
  • 23-year-old University of Wollongong student Jacob Debono awarded a unique one- year placement to work with both INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team.
  • Debono will begin his 12-month placement in the UK in October, together with another six winners from all over the world.

An engineering student from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia has been awarded the career opportunity of a lifetime in Automotive and Formula One, as INFINITI announces Jacob Debono as the Asia & Oceania winner of the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2017.

Having been selected from over five-hundreds of entries and beating nine other finalists from around the country in an action-packed event at INFINITI Lab in Hong Kong, 23-year-old Jacob Debono from Australia 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.

Debono, who is an engineering student at University of Wollongong, 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.

Commenting on his win, Jacob Debono said, “When I was standing there and Nico Hulkenberg opened the envelope and read out my name, I couldn’t believe it. To be able to spend a year working with both an automotive manufacturer and an F1 Team is absolutely invaluable experience. I’m still letting it all sink in, but I feel very privileged to be here and it’s an opportunity I mustn’t take for granted.”

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 & Oceania, Canada, China, Europe (incl. Russia), Mexico, The Middle East and The United States, 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.

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