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New F1 Academy feminine racing sequence to debut in 2023 | Autocar India

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F1 Academy for feminine drivers will act as a feeder sequence for F3 and the W Sequence.

Components 1 is launching a brand new all-female driver sequence known as F1 Academy. Set to debut in 2023, the primary goal of the sequence – which can sit beneath F3 within the single-seater rung – is to develop and prepare younger feminine drivers to progress to increased ranges of racing.

We sum up all the main points which were revealed up to now.

  • 5 groups, 15 drivers
  • 7 rounds, together with one throughout and F1 weekend
  • Similar chassis as F4

F1 Academy calendar, groups

A complete of 5 groups will compete within the sequence, with three drivers every (making it a complete of 15 drivers). The groups will probably be run by skilled present F2 and F3 groups.

The inaugural season in 2023 can have a complete of seven rounds with three races per spherical. Whereas the calendar will probably be revealed later, organisers have confirmed that it’ll possible be a part of one F1 race weekend. There can even be 15 days of official testing.

Acknowledging that discovering sufficient finances for racing has been a problem for feminine drivers, F1 will contribute €1,50,000 per automotive (€2.25m in complete). Drivers will probably be required to match that quantity, which F1 says represents “a fraction of the standard prices in a comparable sequence” whereas groups will present the remainder of the finances.

F1 Academy automobiles

Like many different entry-level sequence, F1 Academy can even use standardised chassis. The automotive used will probably be a Tatuus T421 chassis, which is utilized in a number of worldwide F4 championships. It will likely be powered by a turbocharged Autotecnica engine delivering 165hp.

Pirelli will provide the 13-inch tyres for the automobiles.

The place does F1 Academy match within the F1 feeder ladder?

The announcement of the F1 Academy comes within the wake of the W Sequence being pressured to cancel its closing three rounds in 2022 resulting from points with fundraising. Nonetheless, F1 Academy gained’t change W Sequence, however will as a substitute act as a feeder sequence for a similar.

It will likely be a platform for younger racers in karting or different junior sequence to assemble some expertise earlier than making the step as much as Components three and even the W Sequence. “Throughout assessments of the boundaries younger feminine drivers face with getting into the F1 pyramid, it turned clear that they don’t have the identical quantity of expertise as their male counterparts on the similar age. The objective is to fill this hole and supply them entry to extra monitor time, racing and testing,” an official assertion says.

“They can even develop by working with skilled groups, who’re famend in motorsport for nurturing younger drivers, and who will assist them develop the essential technical, bodily and psychological preparations.”

The F1 Academy will probably be managed by Bruno Michel, who’s the CEO of Components
Motorsport Restricted that oversees F2 and F3. “Variety is extraordinarily necessary in motorsport, and with the F1 Academy we are going to show that feminine drivers have what it takes to compete at excessive ranges. I’m completely satisfied that if younger ladies are given the identical quantity of expertise as some other driver, they will efficiently make their approach by means of the pyramid. Our objective is to see feminine drivers on the F3 grid within the subsequent two to 3 years, and for them to shortly problem for factors and podiums,” he mentioned.

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