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Students at Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy, Newark, receive personalised gift boxes from Formula One Mercedes engineer Jonathan Foster




The jaws of a select few primary pupils definitely dropped when they saw their personalised presents from a leading Formula One Mercedes engineer arrive by private courier.

One student at Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy, Newark, said he was mind-blown that big-shot engineer Jonathan Foster sent the group Mercedes-inspired gift boxes and merchandise, as well as holding a private question-and-answer Zoom call with them.

The academy had asked pupils to team up for a week of science activities.

BACK, left to right: Jacob Mulholland, Oliver Faulkner, Harrison Asman and Oscar Faulkner. Front: Jack Locke, Franciszek and Kai-Rees White.
BACK, left to right: Jacob Mulholland, Oliver Faulkner, Harrison Asman and Oscar Faulkner. Front: Jack Locke, Franciszek and Kai-Rees White.

One group of boys decided they wanted to write to the Mercedes trackside engineer.

Little did they know, they would actually receive a reply.

Of the experience, student Franciszek Lukomski said: “Mind blown. We wanted to learn more about the data he looks at and more about what he does. His job is to analyse and help the cars improve and go better.

“The other teams were very jealous of us.”

Pupil Jacob Mulholland said there was a lot to learn during the session, and found Jonathan’s job very interesting.

The seven-boy team were delighted with their gifted Mercedes hand-written notes, baseball caps, stickers, pens and other goodies.

Science lead at the school Rachel Bray said: “After the boys wrote to Jonathan we got an email from him.

“We managed to arrange to spend a good hour on the call to him and the Mercedes communications team, learning about what they do.

“What the boys took away from the session was that, yes, Jonathan and his team are really successful — but that it comes with hard work.

“The boys now know they can achieve similar things if they work hard.”



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