While the W Series did not manage to close its third season of existence due to financial difficulties, F1 decided to launch its own women’s series, called F1 Academy. “Formula 1 is proud to announce the launch of the F1 Academy, a category reserved for female drivers which aims to develop and prepare young female drivers towards higher levels of competition, in particular towards the W Series, Formula 3 , Formula 2 and Formula 1 »announces the press release released this Friday, on the sidelines of the closing Grand Prix of the F1 season in Abu Dhabi.
The F1 Academy is aimed at drivers from karting or other Junior categories who would like to get tough in single-seaters in order to then join F3, the base of the pyramid leading to F1. “When assessing the obstacles that young female drivers face in accessing the F1 pyramid, it became clear that they do not have the same experience as their male counterparts of the same age. The aim is to fill this gap and give them access to more track time, racing and testing.”explains the press release.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, to reach their full potential and Formula 1 wants to ensure that we do everything in our power to create greater diversity as well as pathways to this amazing sport”
Five teams accustomed to the paddocks will enter three single-seaters each in twenty-one races (seven meetings of three races) run on the sidelines of the F1 GP. The calendar will be presented later but will include a joint weekend with F1, which has decided to invest 2.25 million euros in this Academy. The remaining charge for drivers wishing to participate in this inaugural season will be 150,000 euros.
The single-seaters used will be Tatuus T421. The turbo engine, supplied by Autotecnica, will develop 165 horsepower. Pirelli will be the tire manufacturer.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, to reach their full potential and Formula 1 wants to ensure that we do everything in our power to create greater diversity as well as pathways to this incredible sport, explains Stefano Domenicali, president of Formula 1. That’s why I’m delighted to announce the creation of the F1 Academy, which will give young female drivers the best chance to achieve their ambitions through a comprehensive program that supports their driving career and gives them everything they need. to move up to F3 and hopefully F2 and then to the top of Formula 1. The more opportunities the better, and this program is designed to provide another path to success for drivers. »