F1 Academy confirms 2024 schedule spanning three continents

Seven-round calendar to be supported by extensive testing programme.
  • F1 Academy to race in Asia, Europe and North America
  • Calendar to be supported by extensive testing programme

The all-female F1 Academy series has confirmed a seven-round 2024 schedule spanning three continents.

This will be the series’ first year on the Formula One support calendar, having raced at its own standalone events during 2023.

While this year saw the action predominantly based in Europe – with a US-based finale providing live coverage for the first time – next season’s racing will take place across three continents.

The race in Barcelona, Spain will be the only occasion in 2024 that Formula Two, Formula Three and F1 Academy will compete for track time on the same weekend on Formula One’s support grid.

Crucially, it is confirmed that this calendar will be supported by an extensive testing programme, the most important contributor to the development of female drivers.

The season has month-long gaps between its seven rounds, outside of the final two races, which should provide plenty of flexibility when arranging this testing programme.

BlackBook says…

From a visibility standpoint, this calendar ticks a lot of boxes. Racing across three continents, especially in countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, is so important for awareness. The testing programme, although not announced yet, is another positive step for a series focused on increasing the track time available to young drivers.

However, the global scale of this schedule is the very same challenge that saw its predecessor, the W Series, run into trouble. Financial support from Formula One and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) should mean things are different this time, but F1 Academy needs to remember it has to walk before it can run.

These are not easy circuits either, with tracks like Saudi Arabia, Miami and Singapore far from traditional and offering little margin for error – let’s not forget this is a Formula Four series, too. The 2024 season is being offered live in full, so the hope is that these young drivers are allowed the right circumstances to perform.

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