The F1 Academy is a new all-female race series for 2023
It’s glaringly obvious that top-level motorsport has a gender inequality problem, and that isn’t going to change overnight. Formula 1 bosses are at least now looking to tackle the issue though, with the creation of the new ‘F1 Academy’ series.
According to F1 bosses, this new race series aims to “develop and prepare young female drivers to progress to higher levels of competition including W Series, Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1”.
It will kick off in 2023, with five teams that are run by current F2 and F3 teams. Each team will run three cars to make up a 15-car grid. There will be seven race weekends with three races at each, so a total of 21 races make up the season (yep, we can do maths too). An F1 press release states that the calendar will be revealed soon, with at least one of the race weekends taking place alongside Formula 1.
The cars themselves will be Formula 4-spec Tatuus T421s, with 165bhp Autotecnica engines and Pirelli tyres.
TEXT Greg Potts