The all new F1 Academy Series for the development and preparation of aspiring female drivers for higher levels of motorsport has announced the first five teams entering the inaugural season in 2023 through to 2025.
Boasting a proud history of racing pedigree in junior formulae, the five teams announced are PREMA Racing (ITA), ART Grand Prix (FRA), Campos Racing (ESP), Carlin (GBR) and MP Motorsport (NED).
Last season, former Acronis partner team PREMA Racing once again became F3 Team Champions, ART Grand Prix took Victor Martins to the Formula 3 crown and MP Motorsport secured both Driver and Teams Championships in Formula 2.
PREMA Racing enters F1 Academy from 2023
📰New, all-women series set to kick off next year↘️https://t.co/jbVKyXUugH#premazone #f1academy #into2023 pic.twitter.com/sqLpkD24tk
— PREMA (@PREMA_Team) December 16, 2022
“I am very pleased to reveal the five teams entering the F1 Academy for the next three-year cycle, starting from 2023. We know them very well and we have been collaborating with each one for many years,” commented Bruno Michel, General Manager of the F1 Academy.
“They are well-known for their experience and expertise in nurturing and developing young drivers. I fully trust that they will give the drivers competing in the F1 Academy the keys to grow technically, and that they will help them with the physical and mental preparations for the journey ahead.”
🚨Campos will be part of the New all-women series F1 Academy 🚨
📰 https://t.co/HUGcJrqIIW pic.twitter.com/IMCcQrn6Lc
— Campos Racing (@CamposRacing) December 16, 2022
In order to rubber stamp the series as a huge global attraction for teams, drivers and watching fans, the inaugural season has a comprehensive racing schedule comprising of seven events of three races each, amounting to a total of 21 races.
In addition, there will be fifteen days of official testing with the calendar and driver line to be confirmed in due course.
It has been confirmed that the series is not a direct replacement for the successful W Series for female drivers only, that is currently looking for more funding to resume racing in 2023.
In contrast, F1 Academy has been devised to ‘provide young talent currently in go-karting or other junior categories with access to the fundamental level of experience needed before racing in F3 and joining the pyramid to Formula 1’, according to the official press release.
🚨 announcement 🚨
we are thrilled to confirm that we have been selected to compete in the new all-women F1 Academy.
very excited to get started! https://t.co/YuiCFu5ide
— Carlin (@CarlinRacing) December 16, 2022
“It is exciting to be able to announce the five teams that will be racing in the F1 Academy for next year and who will be providing this fantastic opportunity to the young and talented women to begin their journey into competitive motorsport,” added Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.
“We believe it is important that everyone has the chance to follow their ambitions and get the support and guidance needed to progress and excel. The F1 Academy is an important part of our plan to increase diversity and representation in motorsport and we are looking forward to the first season in 2023 and stay tuned for more news in this area.”
‼️ Breaking: ART Grand Prix to join #F1 Academy ‼️
📸: @JasonVian pic.twitter.com/cgaSGkCM8X
— ART Grand Prix (@ARTGP) December 16, 2022