A new all-female driver series F1 Academy is being introduced by Formula 1. The series, which will debut in 2023 and fall below F3 in the single-seater rung, will primarily focus on developing and training young female drivers to advance to higher levels of competition.
F1 Academy's schedule and squads
The series will include five teams, each with three drivers (totalling 15 drivers). The teams will be led by seasoned F2 and F3 teams already competing.
There will be seven rounds with three races each during the debut season in 2023. While the schedule is still finalized, organizers have stated that it would fall on one F1 race weekend. Additionally, there will be formal testing for 15 days.
F1 will donate €1,50,000 per vehicle (a total of €2.25 million) to recognize the difficulty female drivers have had in getting appropriate funding for racing. Teams will provide the remaining funds, and drivers will be expected to match that sum, which F1 claims is "a fraction of the normal expenditures in a comparable series."
F1 Academy vehicles
F1 Academy will employ standardized chassis, just as many other entry-level championships. A Tatuus T421 chassis, which is utilized in some international F4 competitions, will be the vehicle. It will be propelled by a 165-horsepower turbocharged Autotecnica engine.
The vehicles will have 13-inch Pirelli tyres.
What position does F1 Academy hold in the F1 feeder ladder?
The W Series' last three rounds in 2022 had to be cancelled owing to funding concerns, which led to the establishment of the F1 Academy. F1 Academy will serve as a feeder series for the W Series rather than taking its place of it.
Young drivers in karting or other junior series can use it as a platform to get some experience before moving on to Formula 3 or perhaps the W Series. “Female drivers struggle in comparison to male drivers. The objective is to fill this gap and provide them access to additional testing, racing, and track time.
Working with professional teams known in racing for developing young drivers will help them build the essential technical, physical, and mental preparations.
Bruno Michel, the CEO of Formula Motorsport Limited, in charge of F2 and F3, will lead the F1 Academy. "I do not doubt that young women can effectively climb the pyramid if they are given the same amount of driving experience as every other driver. In the next two to three years, we want to see female drivers on the F3 grid, and we want them to start competing for podiums and points right away," he stated.
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