Girls on track to represent Ferrari as young SA candidate makes the grade

13 August 2020

 

Wheels24 reported recently that Miss Tyler Robinson has been selected to compete to become Ferrari’s first-ever female racing professional.

She’s one of 20 girls chosen in this inaugural effort taking place in France later in 2020.

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), or the International Automobile Federation, is an association that represents the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users.

The FIA’s Women in Motorsport Commission is a dedicated group working with Ferrari and their Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) to develop a long-term pathway to support young female racing drivers.

The collaboration’s “FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars” initiative aims to qualify two young female candidates to become full-time motorsport students. The search spans four years and aims to put females aged between 12 and 16 years of age in the Ferrari Academy driver’s seat.

“We are really pleased to be collaborating with the FIA in this innovative Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme,” Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto, told Formula1.com.

He explained that Ferrari staff are firm believers in the value of helping youngsters develop in motorsport and that the company is aware that it is harder for women to progress in this field. “That’s why we have responded enthusiastically to the FIA initiative and we believe that we can help introduce even more young women to this fantastic sport.”

If Tyler succeeds against the other hopefuls, she could, ultimately, race in one of the national FIA Formula 4 championships.

According to her Facebook page, the young representative of #womeninmotorsport already “competes in ROTAX Junior Max and ROK Cup’s OK-Junior classes” and “races out of the Parolin Racing SA stable”.

The rising star has since appeared on radio, alongside radio host Lebo Motsoeli, to discuss her imminent participation in the programme.

Whoever wins, this is just the beginning for the young ladies in training and we’re holding thumbs for all of them. Or, as Mattia puts it, “maybe one day we will once again see a woman competing in a Formula 1 World Championship race for the first time since 1976”. Maybe? Definitely!

Follow Tyler’s journey on Facebook here where you can catch live streams and watch parties; and for Instagram, here.

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