F1 aims to inspire female racers

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has unveiled the expanded 2024 F1 Academy season and its global reach to support young female racers.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has unveiled the schedule for the 2024 season of F1 Academy, a series designed to provide more opportunities for young female racers in the world of motorsport. 

The announcement comes as the inaugural season of F1 Academy heads into its season finale in Austin, with 23-year-old Spaniard Marta Garcia currently leading the championship.

Domenicali’s earlier announcement this year highlighted the additional support that F1 would provide to the 2024 season, with all 10 current F1 teams contributing by featuring their liveries on cars in F1 Academy. 

Now, the 2024 season is set to take the series to new destinations, including Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Miami, and Qatar.

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“This global platform, combined with the support of all 10 F1 teams, will take the series to the next level,” Domenicali stated in a press release.

The F1 Academy aims to encourage and inspire young female racers by providing them with opportunities to develop their careers and showcase their talent. 

The current season has been a testament to its mission, and Domenicali’s plans for 2024 demonstrate a commitment to further growth and expansion.

Susie Wolff, the last female to participate in an F1 race weekend when she drove for Williams during practice at the 2015 British Grand Prix, currently serves as the Managing Director of F1 Academy. 

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Wolff emphasised the significance of the series’ continued growth.

“This calendar cements our ambition to become a truly global series, expanding our reach and improving the visibility of our mission,” Wolff shared on the official F1 website. 

“We want to inspire girls and young women around the world and show them that there is a place for them in our sport, and racing alongside F1 will help us achieve this.”