The F1-led all-female junior sequence will increase into grassroots racing by teaming up with Champions of the Future (COTF) to place up a brand new three-tiered karting ladder.
The Champions of the Future Academy programme (COTFA) states it would implement “a sequence of price management measures, together with a restrict on entry charges and an engine and chassis lottery system.”
The sequence is made up of Minis (ages 8-11), Juniors (ages 11-14) and Seniors (ages 14-17) with the aim of organising six double-header race weekends, with at the very least one occasion happening exterior Europe.
The classes can be combined gender, however in every tier, F1 Academy will help three feminine drivers, who will obtain monetary help and compete in an F1 Academy-branded kart and race swimsuit.
The perfect three feminine drivers within the Seniors class will then be invited to take part in an official F1 Academy check.
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In keeping with F1 Academy Managing Director Susie Wolff, the brand new karting sequence will present a transparent pathway for proficient younger girls to enter motorsports on the lowest degree and advance to the single-seater sequence.
“We look ahead to this collaboration with Champions of The Future which is able to create a transparent pathway from karting into F1 Academy,” she mentioned.
“COTFA will function a lottery system for the chassis and engines plus implement a set price range, giving us the chance to establish the highest expertise throughout all age teams.
“We will even present the most effective within the senior class with an F1 Academy check, giving them an opportunity to show themselves to our groups.
“Champions of the Future shares F1 Academy’s imaginative and prescient to extend feminine participation, create alternative and permit clear development up the motorsport ladder.”
James Geidel, President of Champions of the Future, added: “COTFA will present the bottom of the pyramid with a extra reasonably priced and degree taking part in discipline, that goals to increase the motive force pool and spotlight the drivers’ expertise over technical facets.
“F1 Academy Uncover Your Drive will present the ladder wanted for probably the most proficient members to take the subsequent steps into single-seater racing, with our frequent aim to extend feminine participation and inclusion on the planet of motorsport.”
F1 Academy launched this 12 months as a female-only single-seater feeder sequence, choosing up a number of abilities from the now-defunct W Collection.
Following a muted begin with restricted protection, the sequence will be part of the grand prix calendar in 2024 to earn extra visibility and create nearer ties to F1 itself.
From subsequent 12 months all 10 F1 groups will even have the ability to nominate one driver every in one of many 15 automobiles, who will race of their liveries.
This season solely subsequent week’s Austin season finale is a part of an F1 race weekend. With three races left at COTA, former W Collection frontrunner Marta Garcia is the favorite to take the inaugural title.