In 2023, F1 Academy was established as a feeder series exclusively for female drivers, focusing on single-seater racing. It recruited numerous talented individuals from the previously discontinued W Series.
Starting next year, all ten F1 teams will have the opportunity to select one driver for one of the fifteen cars and showcase their own livery. The remaining five cars will be occupied by drivers affiliated with different partners.
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“I am confident that our inclusion in the F1 calendar for the upcoming year, along with hosting F1 Academy Discover Your Drive events prior to our races, will have a beneficial influence on our sport in the future.”
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali suggests that connecting F1 Academy drivers with the current 10 teams is the next phase in establishing a system that will nurture and promote skilled female drivers.
“He stated that F1 Academy was established with the intention of facilitating genuine and enduring transformation, aiming to provide young female talent with a suitable framework to pursue and accomplish their aspirations.”
Today marks a significant occasion, highlighting the project’s influence and the backing it is gaining from the entire F1 community.
“In 2024, the inclusion of the F1 Academy in our race schedule will significantly enhance the recognition and reputation of the series on a global scale. The presence of F1 liveries on the grid will undoubtedly create a truly remarkable experience.”
The launch of F1 Academy in 2023 received a combination of positive and negative reviews, with the absence of live streaming being a significant aspect of criticism.
Marta Garcia, who was previously a top contender in the W Series, is currently leading the 2023 championship with only six races remaining.
The feeder series will be included in the F1 support bill starting from 2024, as previously mentioned. Currently, only the Austin season finale is scheduled to be a part of an F1 race weekend.
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal and General Manager, Scuderia Ferrari, Susie Wolff
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