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Bianca Bustamante to join the F1 Academy this year with Prema Racing

The Filipina driver will be competing in this new, all-female series

Joining the F1 Academy is a big stepping stone for the young Filipina. PHOTO FROM BIANCA BUSTAMANTE

Prema Racing has announced that Bianca Bustamante will be part of its three-driver lineup for the inaugural season of the F1 Academy. Graduating from karting to single-seater racing isn’t easy, especially with the tight competition in the junior categories.

That’s why Formula 1 announced the launch of the F1 Academy, an all-female series to help young women in their motorsport careers. The series will have five teams entering three drivers each, with everyone behind the wheel of a Tatuus T-421—the same chassis used in F4 championships.

The F4 UAE Championship is Bustamante's second taste of formula racing. PHOTO FROM BIANCA BUSTAMANTE

After competing in the W Series last year, Bustamante signed with Prema Racing to join the 2023 Formula 4 UAE Championship, which is currently ongoing.

The F1 Academy will be held later this year with seven events (three races each), along with 15 days of official testing to maximize seat time.

Joining this is a big step in her career as the program was tailor-made to give young women like her the experience needed to compete in F3. Hopefully, she can make it into F2.

Who knows? Maybe the day we see Bianca in an F1 car may come sooner than expected.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.