This week we celebrate the phenomenal rise into the fastlane for Petronas Trackside Fluid Engineer Stephanie Travers. The 25-year old is part of Formula1 World champion Lewis Hamilton’s team and her unfolding story heralded an iconic shift for the sport.
On Sunday, Travers became the first black woman to stand on the F1 podium when she went out to represent the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team and collect the trophy on behalf of race winner Hamilton. The Briton racing ace notched up his 85th career win at the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.
Travers’ receipt of the trophy marked a significant moment in the male dominated sport and sends a strong message at a time when Hamilton and other sporting figures have been calling for inclusivity in the sport. There were no spectators due to Covid-19 regulations at the iconic Red Bull Ring in Spielberg but the world was glued onto the screens as Hamilton stormed to a near flawless victory. In the celebrations that followed was Stephanie Travers having her moment as she recieved the constructors trophy on behalf of her team.
The Harare born chemical engineer joined the team in 2019 after edging out 7000 other applicants to land the post where she assists the team as Trackside Fluid Engineer. The world hailed the moment which will be etched in racing history and Travers recieved support from Hamilton and various other sectors.
“I wanted to post this because it’s such an important moment. This is Stephanie who is one of my teammates. She is one of the trackside fluid engineers. On Sunday, she became the first black woman to stand on the podium in Formula 1 history. This is an amazing achievement and I just wanted to acknowledge her for her hard work, positivity and passion for her job,” wrote Hamilton on his Instagram page.
“Like most of the jobs in our sport they are in high demand, and Stephanie was selected out of over 7000 applicants for her role. Steph said she wants to inspire young black children and children of colour to believe that they can do it too and I couldn’t agree more. Put your mind to it and you can be anything you want to be. So whilst I really appreciate the congratulations, I wanted to take the opportunity to lift her up, and share them with her,” he added on the viral post.
Stephanie made a history making entry into her post into the Petronas team for her country and has now added a global first. Her star is on the rise and to our Person of the Week we say, Congratulations and wish her more inspiring milestones and keep the flag flying high.