The brand new class, which can be referred to as F1 Academy, will characteristic 5 groups run by outfits at the moment competing in F1-feeder collection Components Two and Components Three. They’ll every run three vehicles, making a 15-strong grid, Components One mentioned in a press release.
Drivers can be required to carry 150,000 euros ($155,520) in funding, with F1 matching that quantity and groups elevating the remainder of the two.25 million euro complete price range.
Subsequent yr’s inaugural season will comprise seven occasions with three races every, with one spherical more likely to characteristic on the Components One help invoice, and 15 days of official testing, the assertion mentioned.
The collection, which can be run by F2 and F3 organiser Bruno Michel, will characteristic Tatuus T421 chassis fitted with a 165 horsepower engine and tyres from F1 provider Pirelli.
“Everybody ought to have the chance to observe their desires and obtain their potential and Components One desires to make sure we’re doing every part we are able to to create larger variety and routes into this unimaginable sport,” mentioned F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali within the assertion.
“That’s the reason I’m delighted to announce the F1 Academy that may give younger feminine drivers the perfect likelihood to fulfil their ambitions by a complete programme that helps their racing careers and provides them every part they should transfer into F3 and hopefully to F2 after which the head of Components One.”
F1’s launch of the brand new all-female collection comes after a money crunch pressured the prevailing W Collection, which was free to enter and paid the championship winner $500,000 out of a complete $1.5 million prize cash pot, to cancel the final three races of its season final month.
Organisers on the time mentioned they had been assured the collection, which debuted in 2019, would return in 2023.
There was no point out of prize cash within the F1 Academy assertion however Components One mentioned it might put together younger feminine drivers to progress to larger ranges of competitors together with the W Collection.
The F1 Academy would complement the W Collection offering an “further route for the following era of younger feminine drivers,” the assertion added.
No feminine driver has began a grand prix for the reason that late Italian Lella Lombardi, additionally the one girl to attain a prime six end, in 1976.