Red Bull has named the three upcoming female racers which will represent the drinks brand and its two Formula 1 teams in F1 Academy this year.
All F1 teams are required to support at least one driver in the all-female category this year. Red Bull and its sister team RB, previously known as AlphaTauri, have chosen three drivers to receive the backing of their new Red Bull Academy Programme.
The trio all raced for MP Motorsport in the series last year and will return this year, carrying Red Bull’s colours in the series. Emirati Hamda Al Qubaisi, who placed third in F1 Academy last year, will be backed by Red Bull’s F1 team. Her sister Amna is officially supported by RB. The squad is completed by Dutch racer Emely De Heus, whose backing comes from the Red Bull brand.
Red Bull has set up its new Academy Programme to promote female racers. “The Red Bull Academy Programme recognises that historically there have been barriers for women in motorsport and, with its sponsorship of three drivers and cars competing in the series, strives to be at the heart of diversity and equality within our sport,” it said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Hamda, Emely and Amna, three incredibly talented drivers, into the Red Bull Academy Programme and are looking forward to working with them closely this season,” said Red Bull Academy Programme manager Sarah Harrington. “This is a landmark moment for us and is testament to our complete commitment to the future of women’s motorsport.
“F1 Academy provides an opportunity to promote genuine change in our industry and this is a great stepping-stone to help ensure that the drivers progress to the next level. This is a pivotal moment for women in motorsport and we are excited to see what this season brings.”
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