Research & Development in F1

Learn what takes place behind the scenes

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Amber Nelson

Amber holds First Class Honours for her MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast.

After graduating, she worked for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team as a Test and Development Engineer, utilising her data reporting, analytics, and data analysis skills to support the team through multiple world championship wins.

In 2021, she earned a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and began working at Evolve and Anode as Strategy and Partnerships Manager, where her role focuses on sustainable engineering solutions through technology and innovation.

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Course curriculum

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Instructor background & qualifications

What is R&D?
Roles and Qualifications Required
Stakeholder Groups
R&D Design

Standard Practice
Risk Assessment
Test Creation
Data Analysis
Standard Equipment
Catastrophic Failure

Structural Testing
Test Schedule for Component Introduction
Inspection of Test Specimens
Points to Note

Safety Testing: Static Testing
Safety Testing: Impact Testing
Regulation Deflection Testing

Performance Testing
Pitstop Practice

Suspension Testing
Single Axis

  • Bi- and Tri-Axis
  • Quarter Car Road Simulator
  • Full Car Road Simulator

Brake Testing
Mileage Accumulation
Brake Material
Control Code and BBW Performance

Further Testing

  • Accelerometer
  • Modal
  • Shaker

R&D Design
Design in F1
Rig Development
Pit Equipment


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Assignment Instructions
Final Assignment

Lifetime access


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.

Assignment     ⓘ

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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Every course page has a section describing the syllabus. Furthermore, the detailed curriculum is also publicly available. Courses last between 8 to 20 hours, including guided lectures and individual work. Also, our courses are totally flexible and you can progress at your own pace.

Yes! A personalised certificate with your name and course subject will be provided once you successfully complete the course. This is a great way to show you have learnt from industry experts and allows you to differentiate from other engineers in the sector.

Our courses can be accessed, depending on the price plan acquired, going from 2 months to lifetime access . This guarantees flexibility to the needs of every student. 

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We are working hard to offer a series of courses grouped by specialist area (Aerodynamics, Composite Design, Vehicle Dynamics, etc). More details will be shared soon.

Networking is key for finding your way into any industry, and motorsport is not different. For this reason, we think that having the possibility to interact directly with instructors is vital. We have created a number of tools that will allow you to speak directly with our instructors during of the course through the platform.

Keep in mind that interesting questions will make you stand out!

Job hunting can be a stressful process filled with uncertainty. We offer a CV review process that is based on years of experience working in Formula 1 and other motorsport categories and recruiting the best talent for some of the greatest brands in the industry.

This is a private service offered on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in this, please send us an email to mentioning our CV review service and we will get back to you with all the information.

This is one of the most common questions we receive at our inbox.

There is not an answer that fits every single case, but here are some tips you can follow to achieve your goal.

1. Complete the Introductory Course available for free in our platform. It will give you a general idea of the motorsport industry.
2. Read our blog article 5 things every aspiring Formula 1 engineer should know.
3. Browse our Motorsport Academy for a course that catches your attention on the topic that you want to specialise in.
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