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Zim Engineer Stephanie Travers Beats 7000 Candidates To Join Lewis Hamilton’s Team

A Zimbabwean chemical engineer beat 7,000 other applicants to become the Mercedes-AMG PETRNONAS Motorsport’s trackside fluid engineer for the 2019 season.

Stephanie Travers, 24, will provide the five-time F1 constructor’s championship winners with a comprehensive suite of fluid support services.

Travers will work with world champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes hunt more success on track.

Travers was born in Harare to Maria and Bertram Travers, and is the grand-daughter of Pat Travers, the late chairman of Arcadia United Football Club.

After over 7,000 applications, there was a rigorous five-stage selection process, culminating in an interview with PETRONAS Group Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe D’Arrigo.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephanie on-board as a new PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineer (PTFE) today,” said D’Arrigo.

“Stephanie will operate at every race in the travelling PETRONAS Trackside Laboratory. These engineers represent the technical excellence of PETRONAS in Formula One and the company’s commitment to building a pool of talent for the advancement of our fluid technology from track-to-road.

“PETRONAS employs the best and the brightest throughout the company and I believe that Stephanie’s skillset, passion, determination and positive attitude will make her an incredible addition to our team.”

Introduced by PETRONAS Group Technology Officer, Eric Holthusen, at the Circuit de Catalunya, Stephanie will be mentored by fellow trackside fluid enginner Ahmad Nasri Mohd Shafie.

The University of Bradford Faculty of Engineering and Informatics website page celebrating “Women in Engineering” quotes Travers saying

My Dad and Grandad were engineers, so they were very proud when I chose to follow a family tradition, even though I’m the first to choose Chemical Engineering.

I was nervous about being the only female, but there were five other women on my course, plus loads more across the whole school. In fact, in the year below me, the ratio of men to women is almost 50:50, which is fantastic.

Stephanie Travers short biography

  • Born in 1994 (Harare)
  • Rosebery School (2008-12)
  • BEng Chemical Engineering (University of Bradford, UK, 2001-16)
  • MSc Chemical Engineering (Imperial College, UK, 2017)
  • Asset Care Engineer at BASF (2017-2019)
  • Project Manager at PolyGen (Oct-Nov 2017)
  • TopShop Topman (June-Sept 2017)
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