Composite Design Engineering in Formula 1

The guide you need to become a Formula 1 Composite Design Engineer

Self-Paced Course

Approximately 12 Hours

65 Lessons

For all learners

Course Description

Composite materials are integral to a Formula 1 Race Car, serving as critical elements for both safety and performance. Without these advanced Composites, the remarkable performance and durability we see in today’s race cars would not be possible.

This course offers an insightful look into the role of a Composite Design Engineer in F1, delving into the responsibilities and crucial factors involved in developing a world-class race car. Throughout the course, you’ll learn about the basics of Composites and Composite Design, including the lesser-known aspects of the role and the everyday responsibilities within an F1 team. Additionally, you’ll receive practical advice on how to embark on a career as a Composite Design Engineer.

A key feature of the course is the chance to get practical experience in Modelling a Component, Mould, and Pattern using the CATIA CAD package, under industry-level guidance.

Composite Design Engineering
in Formula 1

Self-Paced Course
  • Lifetime Access to course materials
  • Ask questions and get feedback from the instructor
  • Earn an industry-recognised course certificate
  • Learn at your own pace & watch lessons in any order
  • A final assignment included

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about Composite Design Engineering and what’s expected in this specialized role
  • Gain a deep understanding of how  Composites are used in F1, and the processes used in their development
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of Composites and the associated operations deployed during the development process
  • Design various Composite features, ensuring they meet industry standards.

Course Modules

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  • Introduction to Composites in Motorsport
  • Composite Design Engineer: The Role
  • Composite Design Engineer: The Job
  • Composite Parts
  • Laminates
  • CAD Modelling
  • How to become a Composite Design Engineer
  • Final Assignment

The course also includes a practical final assignment that models working as a composite design engineer in F1.

Software used

This course includes the modeling of Carbon Fibre components and the associate manufacturing tooling using industry-leading 3D CAD software 3D Experience, from Dassault Systemes.

Please note that the CATIA software license is not included in the price of this course and will need to be purchased separately or provided by the student. 

If you would like to purchase a 1-month CATIA license from Motorsport Engineer, send us an email ( for pricing and details.

This course is for you if...

You are a student or professional with an interest in Composite Design Engineering

You want to learn about the specific operations, methods, and tasks of a Composite Design Engineer in F1

You’re ready to boost your CV and start a career in Composite Design

Course Reviews

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Sergio Rodrigues
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Thank you to Motorsport Engineer for delivering such great course. It was really interesting and I learnt exactly what I was looking for in the field of Composites.
Recommended for F1 Inside Knowledge!
Steve Taylor
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Amazing course content with very patient instructor. Thanks Motorsport Engineer!
Piero di Maria
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I always wanted to deepen my knowledge in design and composites and this course was the perfect blend of both. Fully recommended!

Meet your course instructor

Pablo Romero
Pablo Romero - Formula 1 Composite Design Engineer
Formula 1 Composite Design Engineer

After earning two BSc degrees in Spain and Denmark, Pablo moved to the UK to pursue an MSc in Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes University. Following his graduation, he secured a position at Renault F1 as a Composite Design Engineer.

In 2019, he transitioned to a similar role at McLaren F1. After three years in Formula 1, Pablo shifted gears to the Automotive sector, joining Gordon Murray Design. He later became part of the team at the innovative company ARRIVAL.

Pablo has also worked in the automotive sector as a Senior Design Engineer at Bold Valuable Tech and currently as a Senior Composite Design Engineer at DES Composites Ltd.

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Composite Design Engineering in Formula 1
Self-Paced Course


Access Duration: Lifetime     ⓘ

Duration for which video lessons, downloadables, quizzes and assignments will be made available from the time of enrolment.

Mode of Delivery: Online     ⓘ

Lessons are managed by experienced course leaders leveraging online means.

E-mail support     ⓘ

We provide support throughout the duration of the course.

Certification     ⓘ

A certificate will be awarded upon course completion so you can share your achievement with your network.

Interact with instructor     ⓘ

Network with motorsport engineering professionals and receive the advice you are looking for.

Assignments and quizzes     ⓘ

Impress your course leaders by excelling at the challenges they present to you.

Watch lessons in any order     ⓘ

Start from the beginning or the end - you choose!

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Receive feedback from our course leaders so you can understand areas of improvement.

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