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Formula 1 launches F1 Academy to provide path for female drivers

Beitske Visser of Netherlands and Sirin Racing and Marta Garcia of Spain and CortDAO W Series Team lead the field into turn one (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Formula 1 has announced the launch of F1 Academy, a new all-female category designed to develop and prepare young drivers to progress to higher levels of competition.

F1 Academy will begin racing in 2023 and will initially consist of five teams, which will be run by “strong and experienced” current Formula 2 and Formula 3 teams. Each team will enter three cars, with the inaugural season to comprise seven events of three races each, amounting to a total of 21 races.

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