F1 Academy champion Marta Garcia will be given a fully-funded drive in the Formula Regional Championship by Alpine (FRECA) in 2024.
- FRECA teams will be given a fourth entry if they sign a driver who finishes first, second or third in F1 Academy
- F1 Academy will also reduce the driver contribution from €150,000 (US$158,000) to €100,000 (US$106,000) for the 2024 season
Launched in 2021, FRECA was formed by the merger of the Formula Regional European Championship and the Formula Renault Eurocup. The former adopted a rule that teams could enter a fourth car if operated by a female driver, but it was hardly utilised and FRECA opted to not introduce similar regulations.
The collaboration with F1 Academy is an evolution of this original rule, while more financial support will be provided to female drivers on their journey up the junior ladder. F1 Academy, Prema Racing, Tatuus and Pirelli will all provide a financial contribution towards the cost of Garcia’s seat.
Susie Wolff, managing director of F1 Academy, said: “F1 Academy is all about progression and creating more opportunities for young women across motorsport, so to offer a fully-funded seat in FRECA for our inaugural champion is a significant moment. The fact that she will also continue to race with PREMA, whom she has built a relationship with and are current team champions in this category, will also aid in her future development.
“I am proud of the progress we have made in our first season, and as we begin to build for our 2024 season where we will join the F1 calendar, this announcement, alongside the decision to further subsidise the 2024 F1 Academy driver contribution to €100,000, is a statement of our continued commitment to make motorsport more accessible and break down the barriers faced by female drivers.”
The 2024 F1 Academy season will get underway from 7th to 9th March in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.