ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Formula 1 is launching a new women’s racing series starting next year.
TV series, be known as F1 Academywill be subsidized by F1 and will likely be a support streak over one weekend of the F1 season.
F1 said it would contribute €150,000 ($156,000) in funding per car, “and would require drivers to cover the same amount, which is a fraction of normal costs in a comparable series.”
They will represent the teams that currently compete in Formula 2 or Formula 3. Speaking at the presentation, F1 Academy manager Bruno Michel defended the costs associated with the new series and said that funding could also come from established F1 teams.
“Based on the first feedback I got from the teams, I don’t think we’ll have a problem finding riders on such a reasonable budget,” Michel said. “I’m also quite sure that some of the Formula 1 academies will start working on it and help finance that kind of money for drivers.”
Introducing the F1 Academy
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There will be 15 cars on the starting grid for a 21-race season divided into seven stages. The series will aim to attract “young talent currently in karting or other junior categories” in the hope that they can later move into Formula Three as a next step and eventually compete in Formula One.
The announcement came less than two months after another all-female event, the W Series, had its season cut short due to financial issues.
Participation in the W Series was free for drivers, unlike the F1 Academy and most other developmental series, which require young drivers to be financially supported by family money, investors or sponsors. It also uses Formula 3 cars rather than the modified Formula 4 cars planned for the F1 Academy.
W Series CEO Katherine Bond Muir said she believes the two events can coexist.
“The W Series welcomes any initiative that shares our commitment to providing more opportunities for women in motorsport,” Bond Muir said in a statement.
“Our goal from the very beginning has always been to increase the talent pool of female drivers, and adding the F1 Academy as a feeder for the W Series and other series is another step that will inspire the next generation to move up the career ladder. “.
The W series has run into financial problems this season and has canceled its last three races in Mexico and the US to focus on fundraising for 2023. She has not yet released the schedule for next season.
“We look forward to finalizing the W Series plans for 2023 and beyond, offering exciting racing and entertainment to our fans around the world,” said Bond Muir.
Five women have competed in F1, but none have competed in 30 years. Giovanna Amati was the last woman to officially compete in Formula One when she qualified for three races in 1992. Since then, other female drivers have participated in Formula One testing. The last woman to start in an F1 race was Lella Lombardi in 1976.
Max Verstappen has won the last two Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, but with a sixth-place finish in Brazil last week, he has earned positive odds for the first time in weeks. Bookmaker PointsBet. Last week he was listed at -195 before qualifying; this week it is +115, more than 300 points higher.
Verstappen took eight wins in the last 10 races of the season, but finished outside the top five in the other two. However, Abu Dhabi has been kind to the 2022 champion with five of his six starts in the top five. Verstappen could also win pole on Saturday with -106.
An easy way to determine the payout is to move the comma two spaces to the left, so the +115 line means the player will receive $1.15 for every dollar wagered.
For players who are more comfortable using fractional odds, a bet of +200 corresponds to 2/1.
Lewis Hamilton (+270) didn’t make it to Victory Lane this year. If he fails to win in Abu Dhabi, it will be the first time in his 16-year career. Hamilton won back-to-back wins at the circuit in 2018 and 2019, part of an eight-race series where he finished on the podium. Hamilton has a mark of -225 and finishes third or higher.
Last week, Hamilton’s team mate George Russell earned 13/1 to take his first F1 win. Bookmakers will no longer be caught off guard and his line has plummeted to +400 by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In three starts in this race, Russell posted his best result of 15th in 2020 in Williams Racing’s entry.
Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc round out the top five with +850 points. These two riders are in a tight fight for second place in points and enter the weekend in a draw. In the last 12 races, both Pérez and Leclerc have almost identical records, with two times outside the top five. On average, Leclerc has a slight lead of 4.9 to Perez’s 5.1. Neither did particularly well last year, with Leclerc finishing 10th and Perez 15th.
No other driver is listed below 25/1. Carlos Sainz has a rating of +2500 for a clean win and +260 for a podium finish. He placed third at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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