MP Motorsport have announced that they are retaining Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi as part of their lineup for this year’s F1 Academy season. Asian Motorsport details all regarding their retention and their new support from the world of Formula 1.

New backings for 2024

The Emirati drivers have both been signed to the newly formed Red Bull Academy Programme and will be supported by their two Formula 1 teams. Hamda Al Qubaisi will be supported by reigning Formula 1 World Constructors’ Champions Oracle Red Bull Racing whilst Amna will be supported by recently renamed Visa Cash App RB.

Hamda finished 3rd in the standings last season, with 207 points and 4 wins to her name at Valencia, Zandvoort, Le Castellet and Austin. Amna finished 6th in the standings, with 117 points and 2 wins in Spielberg and Catalunya.

As part of their backing, they will both race with the liveries of their respective teams on their cars.

The Red Bull Academy Programme’s Manager, Sarah Harrington, said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming Hamda and Amna into the Red Bull Academy Programme and are looking forward to working with them closely this season. This is a landmark moment for us and is a testament to our complete commitment to the future of women’s motorsport. F1 Academy provides an opportunity to promote genuine change in our industry and this is a great stepping-stone to help ensure that the drivers progress to the next level. This is a pivotal moment for women in motorsport and we are excited to see what this season brings”.

MP Motorsport Team Principal Sander Dorsman added, “Together we look forward to a challenging new F1 Academy season in which we hope to repeat and further improve on our strong 2023 results. And since we narrowly missed out on the teams’ title last year, we hope to go one better this year! Also, I’m grateful for Red Bull’s unwavering support of our efforts and we aim for a successful partnership together.”

F1 Academy is not the only series in which the Al Qubaisi sisters are competing in this year. They are also currently competing in the inaugural F4 Saudi Arabian Championship, where they have already both achieved podium finishes in the rounds at Bahrain and Kuwait.

The 2024 F1 Academy season gets underway on March 7th at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit and will see a total of 4 of its 7 rounds take place in Asia.


Header photo credit: F1 Academy

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