Historic tipping point: Formula 1 launches racing series for young women
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Formula 1 has announced a new race series for women in the margins of the Abu Dhabi GP, which will start from next season. The ‘F1 Academy’, as the new category will be called, is aimed at young female drivers. Formula 1 invests 150,000 euros per car, which with fifteen cars comes to a total of 2.25 million euros.

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With the F1 Academy, the royal class wants to “create more diversity and pathways to the sport,” says F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. The program should give young female drivers the opportunity to go to Formula 3, Formula 2 and eventually Formula 1, it still sounds. For example, the new racing class should produce the first female GP driver in Formula 1 since the Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Formula 1 emphasizes that the new category does not replace the W Series. That championship for women was started in 2019, but had to be canceled in the last season due to financial problems. The future of the W Series is therefore highly uncertain.

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15 young drivers

The F1 Academy will consist of five teams of three cars. F1 invests 150,000 euros in each car, with the driver providing the same amount and the teams covering the remaining costs.

The new race series will feature 21 races, each with three races of seven events. At least one of the seven weekends will coincide with a Formula 1 GP, F1 said. The calendar for 2023 will be announced later.

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