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The FIA will award superlicence points to the top five finishers in the all-female F1 Academy category this year.

In another change for the second running of the series this year, wildcard entries will be permitted from round two round.

F1 Academy was launched last year to help promote young female racers up the motorsport ladder. It arrived at the same time as the collapse of another all-female championship, W Series.

For its second series, F1 Academy will exclusively run as support races during grand prix weekends. All 10 F1 teams will have branded presences in the category and have already revealed which drivers they will support.

All participants in the championship will have the chance to score up to 10 FIA superlicence points. This is five fewer than was awarded to the champion of W Series, which used more powerful cars.

Drivers must accumulate 40 FIA superlicence points over a maximum period of three years in order to qualify for promotion into F1. The distribution of points to F1 Academy drivers will be the same as that used in other junior single-seater series such as Indy Pro 2000 and Britain’s GB3 championship, as well as grand national-level NASCAR competition.

F1 Academy features five teams, each of which have previously fielded three cars each. However from this season Prema, last year’s champions, may enter an additional wildcard driver, who will be eligible to score points in the drivers’ championship.

The series’ managing director Susie Wolff believes the wildcard option “will promote regional talent, engage with local communities, and increase the talent pool in the regions in which we race which will be important for our long-term growth and ensure we are creating even more opportunities for women to get involved in our sport.”

A further update to F1 Academy’s rules means each driver many only participate in two seasons of the championship. This is being done to ensure there is sufficient room in the series to admit new drivers each season.

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FIA F1 superlience points distribution 2024

Series 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Formula 2 40 40 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3
Indy Car * 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
Formula 3 30 25 20 15 12 9 7 5 3 2
Formula E 30 25 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
WEC (Hypercar only) 30 24 20 16 12 10 8 6 4 2
Formula Regional Europe
Japanese Super Formula
25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
Japanese Super GT500
IMSA Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) *
20 16 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
Formula Regional Middle East
Formula Regional Americas
Formula Regional Japan
Formula Regional Oceania

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