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    The all-women F1 Academy series has confirmed the team line-up for the inaugural campaign in 2023.

    Five veteran outfits in junior categories have confirmed their entries for next year with ART Grand Prix, Campos Racing, Carlin, MP Motorsport and PREMA Racing fielding three cars each to comprise the 15-car grid.

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    Each team has an established history in junior racing including the Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships and will now add the all-women driver category to their motorsport setup from next year.

    MP Motorsport claimed the F2 Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship double with Felipe Drugovich in 2022. ART Grand Prix took Victor Martins to the F3 Drivers’ Championship this season while PREMA Racing won their third F3 Teams’ title in 2022. Carlin helped Logan Sargeant graduate from F2 to a 2023 Williams Formula 1 seat, and Campos Racing secured the Spanish F4 title this season.

    F1 Academy focuses on young women drivers emerging in the junior ranks and aiding them in progressing to the higher levels of single seater racing such as W Series, F3, F2 and F1.

    The series will subsidise the costs of each car with a €150,000 contribution each driver will match while the teams cover the rest of the budget. It means that the series will position itself as a more affordable option versus comparable series.

    The first season will include seven events and with such experienced teams forming the ’23 line up, the drivers will gain vital experience both in and out of the car, helping each achieve their full potential.

    Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “It is exciting to be able to announce the five teams that will be racing in the F1 Academy for next year and who will be providing this fantastic opportunity to the young and talented women to begin their journey into competitive motorsport.

    “We believe it is important that everyone has the chance to follow their ambitions and get the support and guidance needed to progress and excel. The F1 Academy is an important part of our plan to increase diversity and representation in motorsport and we are looking forward to the first season in 2023 and stay tuned for more news in this area.”

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    General Manager of the F1 Academy Bruno Michel added: “I am very pleased to reveal the five teams entering the F1 Academy for the next three-year cycle, starting from 2023. We know them very well and we have been collaborating with each one for many years.

    “They are well-known for their experience and expertise in nurturing and developing young drivers. I fully trust that they will give the drivers competing in the F1 Academy the keys to grow technically, and that they will help them with the physical and mental preparations for the journey ahead.”