James heads for pole position at Mercedes F1 academy
We are thrilled to hear that James Constantine, former student, has secured a prestigious place on the Mercedes F1 Academy Programme. James, who has been studying engineering at Darlington College, has started his role at the Mercedes AMG high-performance powertrains centre in Brixworth, Northamptonshire where he will be supporting Formula 1 racing drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
James, a rally cross driver, left Richmond School to study a Level 3 extended diploma in engineering at Darlington College. James approached Mercedes a year ago and said: ““I went for an interview and they told me to get some experience, which I did in a garage. I applied a year later and got in and am now working in the testing department which is great.”
Motor racing is in James blood. His father is a rally driver and James grew up at Dalton-on-Tees, in the shadow of Croft Circuit. His interest in things automotive started at the age of 10 and he currently drives a Suzuki Swift in the national rally cross championships.
James said: “I have always been into F1 and the hope is that the academy place turns into an apprenticeship. When I first visited the F1 factory it was amazing and I hope to progress in F1 as far as I can.”
James had high praise for Darlington College, saying: “I would really recommend it as you get to study in the classroom but also get time to gain work experience and my tutor Rob Elliott was always there for me if I was ever stuck on anything.”
Mr Elliott added: “James’ story is a great example of the diverse range of amazing opportunities available in engineering. He certainly deserves his chance working at the top of motorsport as he was courageous enough to approach Mercedes and tenacious in pursuing his dream.”