“That’s how to kick off a successful partnership,” said Wittmann, who grew up just 15 kilometres away from Schaeffler HQ in Herzogenaurach. “I really enjoyed swapping views with some of Schaeffler’s employees and getting to know the impressive factory on a tour. The Q&A session with the Formula Student participants was also really exciting. Just like me, they love and live for the fascination of motorsport. Formula Student is a great entry point for them and some of the BMW Team RMG employees come from Formula Student.” The Schaeffler Motorsport Academy that has taken place annually since 2014 gives the junior engineers who will compete in Formula Student with their teams two days to exchange ideas and talk shop with Schaeffler experts on topics such as automated driving, project management, engineering and electric mobility. Participants take practice-based workshops, get involved in exciting discussion sessions and attend panel discussions with top-class experts.