F1 Academy have announced that Reema Juffali, the 32-year-old driver from Jeddah, will be competing in the first round of the season as the Wild Card entry. Asian Motorsport details all regarding her debut to the F1 Academy paddock.

By Seb Tirado

Debut of the Wild Card 

The new initiative by F1 Academy will see women from the host countries of select rounds be offered a Wild Card entry with Prema Racing. Prema will run the car and offer support and training to the driver. Entrants are also eligible to score points in the Drivers’ Championship.

“An honour and a privilege”

In a statement, Juffali said “It is an honour and a privilege to be representing my country, especially in my hometown. The day F1 arrived in Jeddah was the clash of both my worlds and now I am actually going to be participating! I’m really looking forward to it and happy to share the experience with my friends and family who are based here.”

Having made history as Saudi Arabia’s first ever female racing driver in 2018, Juffali also expressed her hope for the future of Saudi Arabian motorsport.  “Hopefully Saudi fans can see that there is a Saudi racing driver out there and it will get them to thinking that ‘this is something I can do!’. It is for this reason I have decided to take this challenge on. This is just the beginning!”

Juffali was the first Saudi Arabian women to compete in an international motorsport on home soil. | Credit: Jaguar Racing

Whilst this will be the first time that Juffali races in her home city, it is not the first time that she has raced in her home country. In 2019, she competed as the Jaguar VIP entry in the Diriyah double-header round of the 2019-20 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy.

The first round of the 2024 F1 Academy season gets underway at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 7th.

Header photo credit: F1 Academy

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