PUPILS from Hampshire Collegiate School were greeted by a special guest late last month.

The school, as part of its Nightingale Lecture Series for sixth form students, hosted guest of honour and keynote speaker at the event, James Allison, motorsport designer and engineer best known for his achievements across 27 years in Formula One.

James is currently the technical director for Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 team and supported Lewis Hamilton to win the 2017 Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' Championship in his first year with Mercedes.

Following a meal, James spoke to students about his experiences in the sport and the behind-the-scenes success of Hamilton's racing last season.

He also spoke about the importance of learning, teamwork and the value of failing – learning from mistakes.

The lecture series is designed to provide sixth form students with the opportunity to participate in a formal dining experience and to learn to confidently and maturely discuss issues.