F1 Academy has revealed the calendar and format for its inaugural season of racing, with the all-women series set to feature seven events, with 21 races in total.
Kicking off in Speilberg, Austria on April 28th-29th, the new series will then head to the Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona on May 5th-7th and May 19th-21st, respectively.
From there, June 23rd-25th will see them pay a trip to the historic Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. After taking on Monza’s Temple of Speed from July 7th-9th they’ll head to Le Castellet in France for the penultimate round of the year.
Finally, the 2023 season will draw to a close at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas, as a support event to the United States Grand Prix from October 20th-22nd.
Designed to feature as many F1 tracks as possible, the calendar provides an opportunity for the 15 drivers to compete on a variety of challenging circuits, helping to develop their technical skills and prepare them to progress to higher levels of competition.
The grid will take to the track for the first time at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from April 11th-12th whilst 13 additional days of testing throughout the season will also be revealed in the coming weeks.
The race weekend format is as follows:
- Two 40 minutes free practice sessions
- Two 15 minute qualifying sessions
- Three races per weekend.
The first qualifying session will set the grid for Race 1, whilst the second will set the order for Race 3. Race 2’s grid will be set by reversing the top eight drivers from Qualifying 1, with ninth and below lining up in the positions they qualified in.
Races 1 and 3 will be 30 minutes long and award 25 points to the winner. Whilst Race 2 will be a slightly shorter 20 minutes and offer 10 points. one point for the fastest lap will be up fr grabs in each race, provided the driver finishes in the top 10.
|Race 1 & 3||Race 2|
|1st – 25 points||1st – 10 points|
|2nd – 18 points||2nd – 8 points|
|3rd – 15 points||3rd – 6 points|
|4th – 12 points||4th – 5 points|
|5th – 10 points||5th – 4 points|
|6th – 8 points||6th – 3 points|
|7th – 6 points||7th – 2 points|
|8th – 4 points||8th – 1 point|
|9th – 2 points|
|10th – 1 point|