The first-ever session of F1 Academy was completed in Spain earlier this week, with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya playing host to the championship's pre-season test.
F1 Academy was created by F1 management in a bid to in order to create a pathway for women to progress through the ranks and, ultimately, into the top-tier category.
Racing in F4-equivalent machinery, F1 Academy's aim is to help young female drivers progress onto the Formula 3 grid, on which Sophia Flörsch is currently the only non-male driver.
Now that the first-ever F1 Academy session has been completed in Barcelona, excitement turns to the first of seven race weekends
A progressive series
April's two-day F1 Academy test allowed the 15 drivers to get accustomed to their machinery for the first time.
Two F1-backed drivers will take part in the maiden season of F1 Academy with Alpine prodigy Abbi Pulling and Sauber Academy junior Lena Buhler both on the grid.
Three-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick won't be on the grid as she pursues a place in IndyCar via the Indy NXT series.
Another driver to watch out for is Chloe Chong. The 16-year-old is making her first foray into open-wheel racing having graduated from karting and represents the exact kind of driver F1 Academy has been introduced to help.
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