F1 Academy, a single-seater feeder series exclusive to female drivers, was launched in 2023, cultivating numerous talents from the now inactive W Series.
In the upcoming year, every one of the 10 F1 teams will have the chance to nominate a driver to represent them in one of the 15 cars, which will also carry their team’s livery. The remaining five cars will be operated by drivers associated with other partners.
F1 Academy’s Managing Director, Susie Wolff, commented: “This significant milestone not only underscores the broad support for F1 Academy within the F1 community, but will also empower a new generation of young girls to understand the opportunities that exist in motorsport, both on and off the track.
“As we prepare to integrate the F1 calendar next year and conduct F1 Academy Discover Your Drive events prior to our races, I am optimistic about the long-term positive effect we will have on our sport.”
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali states that linking F1 Academy drivers with the existing 10 teams is the subsequent step in establishing a system that will guide skilled female drivers up the motorsport ladder.
Domenicali said: “We founded F1 Academy with the objective of instigating substantial and enduring changes to ensure aspiring female racers have the appropriate support structure to pursue and fulfill their ambitions.
“This is a crucial juncture as it manifests the influence of this project and the backing it has garnered from the entire F1 community. With the F1 Academy set to be incorporated into our 2024 race calendar, the profile of the series is expected to rise globally. Moreover, seeing the F1 team liveries represented on the grid will be a truly remarkable sight.”
In 2023, the launch of F1 Academy drew a range of responses, with the lack of live broadcasts being a significant point of critique.
Marta Garcia, a former leading contender in the W Series, is currently leading the 2023 championship with just six races remaining.
As previously declared, the feeder series will also be part of the F1 support roster in 2024. For this season, only the Austin season finale is scheduled as part of an F1 race weekend.
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal and General Manager, Scuderia Ferrari, Susie Wolff
Photo Credit: Mark Sutton / F1 Flow Images.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about F1 Academy enhancements 2024
What is the F1 Academy?
The F1 Academy is a single-seater feeder series that was launched in 2023, exclusively for female drivers. It has cultivated numerous talents, picking them up from the now inactive W Series.
How will F1 teams be involved with the F1 Academy in 2024?
From 2024, each of the 10 F1 teams will be able to nominate a driver to represent them in the F1 Academy. The teams’ cars will also carry their specific livery. The remaining five cars will be operated by drivers associated with other partners.
Who is the Managing Director of F1 Academy?
The Managing Director of F1 Academy is Susie Wolff.
What was the criticism of the F1 Academy launch?
The launch of F1 Academy in 2023 received mixed reviews, with one significant point of critique being the lack of live broadcasts.
Who is currently leading the F1 Academy championship?
Marta Garcia, a former leading contender in the W Series, is currently leading the F1 Academy 2023 championship.
Will F1 Academy be part of the F1 support roster?
Yes, the feeder series will be part of the F1 support roster from 2024. This season, only the Austin season finale is scheduled as part of an F1 race weekend.