The Crimson Bull Academy Programme is welcoming three drivers: Hamda Al Qubaisi driving for Crimson Bull Racing, Amna Al Qubaisi driving for Visa Money App RB and Emely De Heus driving for Crimson Bull.
The Programme’s funding marks a dedication to the way forward for girls’s motorsport. Additional sponsors of the three vehicles and drivers in affiliation with Crimson Bull Racing, Visa Money App RB and Crimson Bull are set to be revealed within the coming weeks.
The Crimson Bull Academy Programme, which is led by Sarah Harrington, the Crimson Bull Academy Programme Supervisor, is delighted to welcome the brand new drivers to its roster.
Hamda Al Qubaisi, aged 21, is driving for Crimson Bull Racing for the 2024 season. She began her racing profession in karts in 2015, progressing via the IAME X30 Championships earlier than shifting to Italian F4 in 2019. In 2020, the Emirati driver gained three races in UAE F4 earlier than making a return to Italian F4 and subsequently the FIA F3 check at Magny-Cours. In 2023 she raced in F1 Academy with MP Motorsport, ending third general within the Driver’s Standings with 4 first place finishes and a complete of 207 factors.
Emely De Heus, aged 20, is driving for Crimson Bull for the 2024 season. She began racing in karts in 2019 and has claimed the Dutch Wintercup Senior collection title, ending fourth within the Nationwide Championship in 2020 earlier than shifting as much as single seaters. A marketing campaign in Spanish F4 in 2021 was adopted with a change to W Collection the place De Heus debuted with factors in Miami. In 2023 the Dutch driver raced within the UAE System 4 Championship with MP Motorsport and competed in F1 Academy with the Dutch Staff. She completed ninth within the Driver’s Standings with 87 factors and a finest end of first place in Barcelona.
Amna Al Qubaisi, aged 23, is driving for Visa Money App RB for the 2024 season. She started her karting profession when she was 14 years previous and has raced in a number of Championships since. Appearances on the Rotax Max Problem World Finals, X30 Euro Collection and Italian X30 Championships introduced robust outcomes and he or she moved as much as Italian F4 for 2018. The Emirati driver has since made appearances in System 4 UAE, F3 Asian and, most not too long ago, System Regional European Championships. In 2023 she raced in F1 Academy with MP Motorsport ending sixth general within the Driver’s Standings, with two first place finishes in Spielberg and Barcelona and a complete of 117 factors.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Hamda, Emely and Amna, three extremely proficient drivers, into the Crimson Bull Academy Programme,” mentioned Sarah Harrington, Crimson Bull Academy Programme Supervisor, “and are wanting ahead to working with them carefully this season. It is a landmark second for us and is testomony to our full dedication to the way forward for girls’s motorsport. F1 Academy gives a chance to advertise real change in our business and this can be a nice stepping-stone to assist be certain that the drivers progress to the following stage. It is a pivotal second for girls in motorsport and we’re excited to see what this season brings”.
“I am completely happy to verify Hamda, Amna and Emely as our F1 Academy line-up for 2024 and as members of the Crimson Bull Academy programme,” added Sander Dorsman, MP Motorsport’s Staff Principal. “This implies we’ll follow the drivers whose expertise we’re accustomed to – all three have already turn into true members of the MP Motorsport household in recent times. Collectively, we look ahead to a difficult new F1 Academy season wherein we hope to repeat and additional enhance on our robust 2023 outcomes. Hamda proved to be one of many title favourites whereas Amna and Emely every took their wins. And since we narrowly missed out on the groups’ title final 12 months, we hope to go one higher this 12 months! Additionally, I am grateful for Crimson Bull’s unwavering help of our efforts and we purpose for a profitable partnership collectively.”
Bianca, 19-years-old from the Philippines, turned the primary feminine driver to hitch the McLaren Driver Improvement programme in October 2023. She can even turn into the primary driver to signify McLaren within the F1 Academy collection, racing with ART Grand Prix within the upcoming season.
Flooded with papaya and parts of black, the hanging new livery focuses on McLaren’s heritage by incorporating stand-out colors from Bruce McLaren’s iconic 1967 championship-winning M6A Can-Am.
Cisco, Official Major Accomplice of the McLaren F1 Academy programme, can even be carried on the staff’s F1A challenger because it races for the primary time in Jeddah on 7-9 March. Bianca’s Alpinestars race swimsuit and Castore staff package can even have Cisco branding all through the 2024 F1 Academy season.
Bianca will proceed to race with quantity 16 following a formidable 2023 F1 Academy marketing campaign. After securing two wins and two additional podiums, she completed seventh within the Drivers’ Championship with 116 factors.
“It is nice to see the F1 Academy livery revealed forward of the upcoming season,” mentioned Zak Brown, “the papaya design seems to be superior and I am wanting ahead to seeing it on observe for the primary time.
“The F1 Academy collection is a implausible initiative and creates a pathway for younger feminine drivers to succeed in the best ranges in motorsport. We’re happy to have Bianca concerned within the McLaren Driver Improvement programme and we’re wanting ahead to seeing her compete in F1 Academy this season.”
“The 2024 F1 Academy season is quick approaching,” added Bianca, “and it is surreal that I will be driving within the McLaren livery, I completely find it irresistible! The design is extremely iconic, and I am so wanting ahead to racing in papaya.
“I managed to take a few weeks off over the winter, however currently it has been full push each on and off the observe to organize for the primary check in Barcelona. Many due to McLaren and ART Grand Prix for his or her steady help and dedication to serving to me turn into a stronger driver.”