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Student overtakes 100,000 to land place on F1 team

By Michelle Smyth

A Northern Ireland student hot-wired his engineering career after beating off 100,000 competitors to win an internship with Formula One.

Queen's University student Christopher McMullan landed his dream summer job at Red Bull Racing after successfully completing a gruelling recruitment process.The mechanical engineering student, from Portadown, applied for the internship with the Formula One world champions in March after Red Bull announced it was on the hunt for five interns.

The recruitment process involved an online test which was designed to ensure all potential interns had the desire, motivation and attitude required for the ultimate summer job.

Christopher scored an impressive 82 out of 100 in the test. He described the summer internship as an “intensely rewarding” undertaking.

“Being able to witness and experience the manufacture of a Formula One car from composites to metallics has been a truly fascinating and satisfying experience.

“That coupled with being part of a world championship winning team has given me an opportunity that has been intensely rewarding,” he said.

“In a competitive job market the knowledge and experience gained from my internship, as well as being able to put Red Bull Racing on my CV, will surely provide a massive bonus to my employability,” Christopher added.

Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner said it was “exciting” to see promising young talent like Christopher coming up through the ranks.

“Christopher has a bright future ahead of him and I hope we have been able to provide him with a valuable career experience,” he said.

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