Petronas: Student innovators engage with F1 icon Lewis Hamilton on sustainable living in Shanghai

Hamilton (in black) with one of the winning teams of the Student Voices English Speech Competition during the special meet and greet session in Shanghai, China on April 18, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 19: Primary and secondary school students from Shanghai who won the Student Voices English Speech Competition have engaged in a discussion on sustainable living with Formula One (F1) icon Lewis Hamilton in an exclusive meet-and-greet session in Shanghai yesterday (April 18).

According to a Petronas press release, the event, themed ‘Driving Towards a Green Future, Powering the Voice of Youth’, showcased the works of three winning teams from the year’s edition of the competition, which centred around sustainable ideas and practices for the future.

The competition was held in conjunction with F1’s return to Shanghai and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the F1 Chinese Grand Prix.

Lisy Lee, Chief Representative of Petronas Beijing Representative Office, emphasised the importance of engaging young minds in sustainable development to prepare communities for a better and more promising future.

“We are passionate about driving progress towards a better future for all, and this includes preparing communities to be more adaptive, resilient, and contribute towards a healthier planet,” said Lee, highlighting the vital role of Petronas’ collaboration with Student Voices in attracting young minds to expand their understanding of sustainable development and fostering a shared sense of collective responsibility.

A group photo taken after the special Student Voices sharing and meet-and-greet session with Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 driver Lewis Hamilton in Shanghai, China.

In the meantime, Hamilton expressed his delight at witnessing the great passion and enthusiasm the young students possessed towards sustainable living and likened it to an F1 race where teamwork plays a key role in performance.

“Seeing how well the three groups worked with and supported each other was great to see,” said Hamilton.

For the third consecutive year, Petronas has continued to support the Student Voices English Speech competition as an official partner.

The competition is an annual event jointly organised by Xinmin Evening News Community Edition, Shanghai Family, Parents and Kids, and HuMaNiuWa, having received participation from nearly 3,000 young speakers across approximately 80 schools over the course of five years. — DayakDaily