Red Bull recruit 2024 F1 ACADEMY trio Hamda Al Qubaisi, Amna Al Qubaisi and Emely de Heus
Hamda Al Qubaisi, Amna Al Qubaisi and Emely de Heus will all return for a second F1 ACADEMY season, with the trio continuing to race with MP Motorsport.
As part of the newly formed Red Bull Academy Programme, 21-year-old Hamda Al Qubaisi will drive for Red Bull Racing with her 23-year-old sister Amna Al Qubaisi competing for Visa Cash App RB, alongside Emely de Heus driving for Red Bull.
Emirati racer Hamda is the highest-placed returning driver in the field, having achieved four wins on her way to third in the Drivers’ Standings last year.
Finishing sixth overall, Amna claimed two wins in Spielberg and Barcelona alongside a further two podium finishes, whilst 20-year-old De Heus achieved one victory and two podiums to secure a top-nine finish.
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Sarah Harrington, Red Bull Academy Programme Manager said: "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. 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."
MP Motorsport Team Principal Sander Dorsman added: "I'm happy to confirm Hamda, Amna and Emely as our F1 ACADEMY line-up for 2024 and as members of the Red Bull Academy programme. This means we will stick with the drivers whose talent we are familiar with — all three have already become true members of the MP Motorsport family in recent years.
"Together, we look forward to a challenging new F1 ACADEMY season in which we hope to repeat and further improve on our strong 2023 results.
"Hamda proved to be one of the title favourites while Amna and Emely each took their wins. And since we narrowly missed out on the teams' title last year, we hope to go one better this year! Also, I'm grateful for Red Bull's unwavering support of our efforts and we aim for a successful partnership together."