The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission has teamed up with Venturi team principal Susie Wolff and Dare to be Different to pilot an exciting new educational program for girls aged between 8 and 18 years old at the Mexico City E-Prix.
The first ‘FIA Girls on Track – Dare to be Different’ event, Round 4 of the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Feb. 15-16, symbolizes the collaboration of two successful existing programs and aims to reach a much broader audience and highlight the numerous opportunities for girls in motorsport.
“This is a really exciting collaboration and also demonstrates that when we have common goals and can join forces to realise our objectives, we have concrete opportunities to make a difference and further promote the place of females in motorsport, in all areas,” said Michele Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.
“We also want to showcase how the format of the event can be replicated by the FIA’s national sporting authorities in many different countries, which is really important to support the on-going and increased participation of young women in our sport worldwide.”
The FIA Girls on Track – Dare to be Different event aims to continue inspiring young women at grassroots level with enjoyable educational activities that provide a unique insight into what a potential career in the vibrant motor sport world can offer.
Karting, a pit-stop challenge, media tutorials, practical STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities as well as fitness and well-being workshops are designed to engage and motivate young girls and open their minds to the possibility of a career in the motorsport industry.
FIA president Jean Todt said, “We are very pleased to bring the FIA Girls on Track, which was launched last year with funding support of the European Commission, together with the Dare to be Different program.
“The two initiatives are a natural fit, with both aiming to inspire and encourage more female participation by introducing girls to the huge number of potential opportunities for participation in motorsport.
“The event taking place in Mexico next weekend will showcase these programmes on the high-profile international platform of Formula E, and I hope this will be a strong first step towards setting a template that can be used by ASNs all around the world.”
Up to 160 girls are expected to attend the event at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Feb. 15-16, with Felipe Massa, president of the FIA Karting Commission and Formula E driver, back behind the wheel of a go-kart showcasing the sport at grassroots level on the evening of Feb. 15.
“It is a unique opportunity for Mexican motor sport to be the first in hosting the FIA Girls on Track – Dare to be Different program,” said Jose Abed, FIA vice-president for sport and president of Mexican ASN OMDAI.
“It is an amazing project with a greater mission focused on attracting more young women to our sport. Undoubtedly, it is a goal we must work on, not only in motor sport, but in all sports.
“Talent does not distinguish sex, race or social position and it is our responsibility, as leaders, to receive and support all the talented people who make sport even greater.”