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RMIT, New Zealand

James Gourlie

Region: Asia & Oceania

Age: 25

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechatronics, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Automotive

From: Christchurch


Favourite F1 circuit?

Melbourne Grand Prix circuit as it was the first Formula 1 race I saw in person and I was also lucky enough to be able to drive the track myself in my Formula Student vehicle.


Favourite F1 Moment?

My favourite moment is a recent event and was finding out Daniel Ricciardo had signed to Renault F1 Team! I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with him in to the future


Biggest positive impact in your life?

I grew up watching Kobe Bryant play with the Lakers and was really inspired by his ‘Mamba Mentality’

He worked as hard as he humanly could to be the best at what he loved and even then he wanted to be better. He never gave himself any excuses


What do you miss most about home?

Definitely my girlfriend, Carolyn. It was tough saying goodbye at the airport, but she has been a huge support for me not just in my study but in my whole career


How are you Engineered Differently?

I believe that engineering is a representation of personality (like art) and that you should always inject a piece of yourself in all the work you do