UNITED KINGDOM: The all-women F1 Academy series has confirmed the team roster for its 2023 debut season.
The 15-car grid comprises three cars each from ART Grand Prix, Campos Racing, PREMA Racing, MP Motorsport, and Carlin, with five seasoned teams competing in junior categories.
F1 is set to bring five teams for all-women series
The all-women driver category will be added to each team’s motorsport setup starting next year. Each team has a long history in junior racing, including the Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships.
With Felipe Drugovich, MP Motorsport won the 2022 F2 Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships. Thanks to ART Grand Prix, Victor Martins won the F3 Drivers’ Championship this year, and PREMA Racing won their third F3 Teams’ Championship in 2022.
Carlin assisted Logan Sargeant in moving up from Formula 2 to a seat in the Williams Formula 1 team in 2023, and Campos Racing won the Spanish F4 championship this season.
Young women drivers in the junior ranks are the focus of Formula one Academy, which helps them advance to higher levels of single-seater racing like the W Series, F3, F2, and F1.
Each driver will contribute €150,000, which the series will match, while the teams will cover the remainder of the budget. The subsidized money contribution system indicates that the series will position itself as a less expensive alternative to comparable series.
The first season will consist of seven events. Due to the ’23 team comprises such experienced teams, the drivers will gain meaningful experience inside and outside the car to help them reach their full potential.
Formula 1’s President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali, said that the announcement of the five teams that will compete with each other in the F1 Academy next year is exciting. He added that the F1 academy would provide young, talented women with the opportunity to begin their careers in motorsport.
Bruno Michel, the F1 Academy’s general manager, expressed his thrill in announcing the five teams participating in the F1 Academy for the next three years, which will begin in 2023. According to Michel, the teams are well-known to the management board and have worked together for a long time.
He said the teams are well-known for their expertise in fostering and developing young drivers and their years of experience. He believes that the teams assist the drivers competing in the F1 Academy with the platform to develop physically and mentally for their future.