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System 1 launches F1 Academy: All-female racing collection for youthful drivers set for 2023 debut

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The collection will begin in 2023 and F1 says it will likely be an ‘further route’ for younger ladies alongside W Collection, the all-female championship that’s aiming to return for a fourth season subsequent yr regardless of having its 2022 marketing campaign shortened amid monetary difficulties

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The brand new F1 Academy collection will see youthful feminine drivers run in the identical chassis as System 4 (above)

System 1 has introduced the launch of its personal all-female driver class, the F1 Academy, which the game hopes will finally result in a lady racer on the grid.

The collection will begin in 2023 and F1 say it will likely be an ‘further route’ up the motorsport pyramid for younger ladies alongside W Collection, the equally all-female championship that’s aiming to return for a fourth season subsequent yr regardless of having its 2022 marketing campaign shortened amid monetary difficulties.

It’s hoped that the F1 Academy will shortly get a lady into System 3, and assist System 2 and System 1 alternatives sooner or later.

The final feminine to race in F1 was Lella Lombardi again in 1976.

Click2Drive Bristol Street motors racing driver Alice Powell says her team were disappointed on missing out on the Constructors Championship after the W Series was cut short, but is optimistic the series will return next year.

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Click2Drive Bristol Avenue motors racing driver Alice Powell says her group had been upset on lacking out on the Constructors Championship after the W Collection was lower quick, however is optimistic the collection will return subsequent yr.

Click2Drive Bristol Avenue motors racing driver Alice Powell says her group had been upset on lacking out on the Constructors Championship after the W Collection was lower quick, however is optimistic the collection will return subsequent yr.

“Everybody ought to have the chance to comply with their desires and obtain their potential and System 1 needs to make sure we’re doing the whole lot we will to create larger range and routes into this unimaginable sport,” mentioned System 1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“That’s the reason I’m delighted to announce the F1 Academy that may give younger feminine drivers the most effective probability to fulfil their ambitions by means of a complete programme that helps their racing careers and offers them the whole lot they should transfer into F3 and hopefully to F2 after which the top of System 1.

“The extra alternative there’s the higher and that is designed to supply one other route for the drivers to succeed.”

The F1 Academy will characteristic 5 groups, run by present F2 and F3 groups, with three vehicles every to make up a 15-car grid. The inaugural season could have 21 races, with seven three-race occasions, and is more likely to embody a minimum of F1 race weekend.

Like W Collection, all drivers will compete in the identical System 4 chassis.

F1 say they are going to be offering funding of €150,000 (£130,000) for every automotive, which can must be matched by drivers to enter. They are saying that may be a ‘fraction of the standard prices to enter comparable collection’, and that the remainder of the finances shall be offered by the groups.

Anthony Davidson believes W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has a very bright future in the sport after she claimed her third W Series title.

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Anthony Davidson believes W Collection champion Jamie Chadwick has a really brilliant future within the sport after she claimed her third W Collection title.

Anthony Davidson believes W Collection champion Jamie Chadwick has a really brilliant future within the sport after she claimed her third W Collection title.

The assertion provides: ‘System 1 needs to make sure aspiring feminine drivers have the most effective alternatives to succeed in their potential with an essential first step of entering into System 3 and progressing by means of the ranks.

‘The W Collection continues to supply an incredible platform for drivers and the F1 Academy is meant so as to add an additional route for the following technology of younger feminine drivers’.

The collection shall be headed up by Bruno Michel, who has ran F2 and F3, and he mentioned: “I’m very excited to launch this new class. Variety is extraordinarily essential 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’ll efficiently make their means by means of the pyramid. Our purpose 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.

“The purpose is to extend the sphere within the close to future, as a result of we hope that this class will encourage extra younger women to compete in motorsport on the highest of ranges.”

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