Hi! I'm in my second year of Mechanical Engineering and I'm located in Madrid, Spain. My goal is to one day become an engineer in F1, WEC or similar motorsports, so I have some questions.
1- I want to do a master's in Motorsports Engineering but I'm unsure where should I go. I've heard that the best place to do this degree is in Oxford Brookes, but I don't know if I'll be able to study abroad, have high enough grades to go there or even afford it. There are options in Spain too, like one run by Campos Racing, which is cheaper and much closer to me. How important is the university where you study your master's degree to get a job in motorsports?
2- Before the master's I want to gain some experience. We don't have a Formula Student in my uni but we have something similar where we build a kart from scratch by ourselves, although with a much smaller budget and no official competition, we just race it in an amateur endurance race when the kart is finished to see if it works. There's a MotoStudent program too, basically a FStudent for motorbikes. I'm thinking of applying for that too next year but I'm not sure I'll be able to do both the kart and MotoStudent without failing all of my subjects. So if I had to choose, which one should I stick to? The amateur kart project or the bigger, more professional MotoStudent?
3- Speaking of gaining experience. I think that knowing how real teams on real racing competitions work would be great and would teach me a lot, but of course, I'm only in the second year of my degree so I know next to nothing. In Madrid there's the Jarama Circuit, which while in the past it hosted Formula 1 and other huge events, now it only races some smaller national touring car or historic championships. I've thought of taking advantage of that and asking the teams in those competitions to let me work with them in one race, for free, even if it's doing things like cleaning the car, mopping the floor or just watching how the engineers work. I'd love to ask them many things about their jobs and to see how they do it. The problem is that I don't know if that would even be possible, maybe it's not even legal. Would that be helpful to my career? Do you think there's something more I could do in this situation?
Sorry if this isn't the right place to post this. Also, if there's anything I've missed that I could be doing to get closer to my goal of becoming an F1 engineer, please say it, it could be really helpful. Thank you in advance!