Research & Development in F1

Learn what takes place behind the scenes

Course Description

Explore the cutting-edge world of Formula 1 Research and Development in this self-paced course. This course offers an in-depth exploration of the innovative techniques and scientific principles that power Formula 1 cars.

You’ll learn about aerodynamics, materials science, and how simulations are used to enhance performance and safety on the track. Our course will guide you through key aspects of R&D in Formula 1, from the basics to specialized testing areas such as suspension and braking systems.

Taught by an industry expert Amber Nelson, this course will allow you to gain valuable insights into the relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency in F1. Whether you’re a Formula 1 enthusiast or aspiring to join the industry, this course provides a comprehensive understanding of the engineering marvels behind the fastest racing machines on the planet.

About this course
  • 42 Lessons
  • Approximate time to complete course: 6 hours

Research & Development in F1​

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 and watch lessons in any order
  • Quizzes and assignments included

What You'll Learn

  • How to conduct various common tests in R&D for Formula 1
  • The difference between tests and the reasons for each of them to be conducted
  • How to interpret test results and give recommendations for next steps
  • The unique aspects of R&D specific to Formula 1

Course Modules

  • Introduction to R&D
  • Standard Practice
  • Structural Testing
  • FIA Testing
  • Performance Testing
    • Suspension Testing
    • Brake Testing
    • Further Testing
    • R&D Design

    The course also includes quizzes and assignments that models working as an R&D engineer in F1

    This course is for you if...

    You are a student or professional with an interest in R&D in F1

    You want to learn about the specific techniques, methods and tasks of a R&D professional in F1

    You’re ready to boost your CV and start a career in in R&D in F1

    Meet your course instructor

    Amber Nelson
    F1 Test & Development Engineer

    Amber graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast. After her studies, she joined the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team as a Test and Development Engineer. There, she applied her expertise in data reporting, analytics, and analysis, contributing significantly to the team’s multiple world championship victories.

    In 2021, Amber expanded her qualifications by earning a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Following this achievement, she took on the role of Strategy and Partnerships Manager at Evolve and Anode. Her current position emphasizes developing sustainable engineering solutions, leveraging technology and innovation for environmental progress.

    Amber has worked for

    Research & Development in F1​
    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!

    Assignment feedback     ⓘ

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

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