The drivers are almost ready to hit the track as the first F1 Academy season prepares to get under way with pre-season testing in Barcelona. Featuring 15 of the brightest up-and-coming talents and five veteran teams from the single-seater ladder, the stage is set for these racers to make their mark in the all-new, all-female series in 2023…
Nerea Marti – #1
Lola Lovinfosse – #2
Maite Caceres – #3
The first team to lock-in their line-up for the inaugural F1 Academy season, Campos Racing will be looking for glory from the outset.
Nerea Marti will be going all out after two highly competitive W Series seasons, earning podiums and a maiden pole position last year, and Lola Lovinfosse will be looking to build on her development from Spanish F4.
Meanwhile, what can Maite Caceres do, as the Uruguayan driver steps on to the European scene for the first time?
Hamda Al Qubaisi – #4
Emely de Heus – #5
Amna Al Qubaisi – #6
Fielding three recognisable young talents, MP Motorsport will be aiming to put their best foot forward in 2023.
An exciting match up awaits between the Al Qubaisi sisters Hamda and Amna, with both of them making history during their journey in single seaters.
Emely de Heus returns to MP, having enjoyed success with them in Spanish F4 in 2021, but can the double-Dutch partnership deliver even more this time around?
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Lena Buhler – #7
Carrie Schreiner – #8
Chloe Grant – #9
Keep an eye on ART this season, as the team founded by now-Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur and Nicholas Todt aim to add even more silverware to their tally.
Lena Buhler was the first driver announced for F1 Academy and will be eager to impress as the Sauber Academy junior is one of two F1-team affiliated drivers on the grid.
Having enjoyed success in GT and sportscar racing, Carrie Schreiner will be wanting even more on her return to single seaters, whilst 17-year-old Scottish star Chloe Grant is looking to make a name for herself in her first season of international competition.
Abbi Pulling – #10
Jessica Edgar – #11
Megan Gilkes – #12
Rodin Carlin have one of the most recognisable names in the field in their roster, with Alpine Academy junior Abbi Pulling hoping to lead the British squad’s charge.
Stepping up off the back of her single-seater debut last year in the UK’s GB4 Championship, 18-year-old Jessica Edgar will be looking to achieve a seamless switch to start off strongly in her new series.
Canadian racer Megan Gilkes has already proven herself to be a race winner in W Series and GB4 and she’ll be pushing to add F1 Academy to that streak, alongside bringing her unique perspective working as a trackside support engineer for Aston Martin during her placement year.
Chloe Chong – #14
Marta Garcia – #15
Bianca Bustamante – #16
The fifth and final team on the 2023 F1 Academy grid, PREMA Racing will be eager to build on their trio’s potential.
The youngest driver on the grid, 16-year-old Chloe Chong previously earned herself a finalist spot in the FIA’s Girls on Track Rising Stars programme and she’ll be one to watch once again as she makes the step up from karting.
Marta Garcia’s exuberance and experience will be a valuable combination for the Italian squad, as the Spanish racer sets out to fight at the front.
And after claiming the top rookie honours in W Series last year, Bianca Bustamante is hungry for the challenge that awaits and is ready to give it her all.
F1 Academy gets set to go racing
The 2023 F1 Academy season kicks off with two days of pre-season testing in Barcelona on April 11-12, before the lights go out for Round 1 in Spielberg, Austria from April 28-29.