F1 announces new all-female F1 Academy series for 2023

F1 announces new all-female F1 Academy series for 2023
F1 announces new all-female F1 Academy series for 2023

The new category aims to increase levels of female representation on the grids of F1’s feeder series, helping them progress towards the top of the racing pyramid.

The Formula 4-level series will begin in 2023, with a 15-car grid that will feature five teams entering three cars each. These teams will be existing teams across Formula 2 and Formula 3, racing over seven rounds which will be made up of three races, with one round likely to take place on an F1 weekend.

“During assessments of the obstacles young female drivers face in entering the F1 pyramid, it has become clear that they do not have the same experience as their male counterparts of the same age,” read a statement. of F1.

“The goal is to fill that gap and give them access to more track time, races and testing. They will also grow by working with professional teams, renowned in motorsport to train young drivers, and who will help them develop the crucial technical, physical and mental preparations.

The F1 Academy will use a Tatuus T421 chassis seen in Formula 4, Autotecnica-supplied engines capable of 165bhp and Pirelli tyres. It will be led by Bruno Michel, the CEO of Formula Motorsport Ltd which oversees Formula 2 and Formula 3.

Although F1 subsidizes each entry with a budget of €150,000 per season, drivers participating in the F1 Academy will have to match the amount, which it says “represents a fraction of the usual costs in a comparable series”.

But F1 said in its announcement that the new category is not intended to replace the W-series, the all-female series which premiered in 2019 but was forced to cut short its 2022 season due to funding issues.

Marta Garcia, Beitske Visser at the start

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

F1 said the F1 Academy “aims to develop and prepare young female drivers to progress to higher levels of competition including the W Series, Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1”.

He added: “The W Series continues to provide a great platform for drivers and the F1 Academy is set to add a further route for the next generation of young female drivers, who will race in an environment that will allow them to learn fundamental experience through a large amount of track time.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and reach their potential and Formula 1 wants to make sure we do everything we can to create greater diversity and pathways to this incredible sport,” said Stefano Domenicali, CEO and President of F1.

“That’s why I’m delighted to announce the F1 Academy which will give young female drivers the best chance to realize their ambitions through a comprehensive program that supports their driving career and gives them everything they need to make the jump to racing. F3 and hopefully F2 and then the pinnacle of Formula 1.

“The more opportunities the better and this is designed to provide another path for drivers to succeed.”

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