Another Zim engineer joins F1’s Mercedes

Samantha Nyikadzino

Zimbabwean engineer Samantha Nyikadzino has joined Formula 1 team Mercedes AMG Petronas following in the footsteps of Stephanie Travers who made the breakthrough as a trackside fuel engineer.

Nyikadzino, who studied electrical engineering at the National University of Science and Technology before furthering her education outside the country, posted on her Twitter handle yesterday that she had landed her dream job at the multiple championship winning team.

“Today was an awesome day. Started as a design engineer for @MercedesAMGF1 and I’m pretty geeked! Supporting a team from home and then ending up as one of their design engineers is something I haven’t found the words to correctly articulate yet but I’m so excited for this new adventure.”

Travers is a Zimbabwean-born trackside fuel engineer at the F1 team and became the first black woman to stand on the winners’ podium when she shared the stage to celebrate Lewis Hamilton at Styrian Grand Prix in Australia in July 2020.

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