Five Things You Need to Get to Formula 1

This week you will learn the five things you need to get to Formula 1 from somebody who knows what they are talking about.

In addition to getting to Formula 1 you will also learn about some sim racing to real-life racing opportunities, how an F1 Academy team is run and why the new 2024 F2 car will be more accessible to a wider driver audience.

All this and much more in this week’s Driver Development Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Its news for anybody looking to become a race driver.

In the video above, Enzo Mucci explains how to get to F1 like Liam Lawson.

In last week’s Sim Racing Roundup, David Cook, the CEO of Racing Prodigy explains how the Prodigy Pass brings sim racers closer to a chance at real-world racing. I also have details on PT Autosport’s new eSeries where the top driver wins a direct entry into the 2024 PT Autosport Aspiring Driver Shootout finals.

These are just two examples from the Sim Racing Roundup that shows you how you can use sim racing to make it into real-world racing.

The 31st driver’s title in the Porsche Supercup goes to Bastian Buus. In the turbulent season finale at Monza, 13th place was enough for the 20-year-old Porsche Junior from Denmark to claim the overall win with a five-point advantage over Larry ten Voorde. Driving for GP Elite, the Dutchman crossed the finish line second on the Formula 1 racetrack in northern Italy behind Harry King, Bastian Buus’s teammate at BWT Lechner Racing. The Austrian squad took home its 13th team classification title in the international one-make cup with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Although he failed to reach the finish line, Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti clinched the rookie title.

The Team Canada Scholarship has announced their 2023 contenders for the Team Canada Scholarship. They are:

  • Alex Berg (16, Alberta) – USF4
  • Antonio Costantino (16, British Columbia) – F1600
  • Logan Pacza (16, Ontario) – F1600
  • Callum Baxter (17, Nova Scotia) – F1600
  • Mario Gil (19, British Columbia) – Karting (West)
  • Laurent Legault (18, Quebec) – Karting (East)

Is It Fast? goes behind the scenes with Maite Cáceres and Campos Racing to see how an F1 Academy team is run.

There’s only one truck/lorry per team in F1 Academy. It’s a smaller operation than one would expect and it’s impressive that so much is done with so little but also raises the question as to why there isn’t more of a big deal being made out of the teams and the series for achieving this feat. Moreover, F1 Academy is an F1 Feeder Series and yet feels both weirdly attached and barely attached to the pinnacle of motorsport. If it didn’t have F1 in the title, you’d be hard pressed to know there’s an association – perhaps this is part of the reason why all of the F1 teams will have drivers representing them on the grid next year.”

In the video above, new USF Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires champion Myles Rowe and Force Indy director Rod Reid join RACER’s Marshall Pruett after making history with Pabst Racing at Portland International Raceway.

Ross Bentley of Speed Secrets explains how motorsport is more accessible than any other sport when it comes from the perspective to be able to play on the same field.

You love F1. You love Indy car racing and IMSA, as well as taking your daily driver to the track on the weekend. So, what do you do? You go to Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the same track that Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and Fernando Alonso race on. Or drive the road course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

You go to Sebring for a track day event, or Laguna Seca for a club race. This is the equivalent of playing on a NFL team’s field or Centre Court at Wimbledon.

In what other sport can you do this? Motorsport is more accessible than almost any other sport, at least from the perspective of being able to participate on the same field as the best in the world do.

Racey Thoughts: Our Sport is More Accessible Than Any Other

2024 F2 Race Car

Part of the development of the new 2024 F2 car introduced last week was the push to make its steering easier to use, something some female drivers have been saying causes them issues. “This car is more accessible in a number of ways, including a lighter steering. There had been calls from drivers – such as W Series race winner turned Alpine F1 Academy driver coach Alice Powell – for F2 to introduce power steering but F2 has opted for a different solution. The changes have been made as a result of years of data gathering by F2/F3 and the FIA including the all-female Formula 3 tests Michel mentioned that were run in November 2021 and September 2022 with young female drivers from the junior single-seater ladder and sportscars.”

In the video above, Grassroots Motorsports looks at what you need to know in picking an “arrive and drive” race team.

Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Kariega, South Africa proudly offers motorsport as an officially recognized school sport. “The school has also taken strides in empowering women within the realm of motorsport. A prime example is matric, Ashley Pape, who recently advanced in her timekeeping journey by participating in a national championship event earlier this month. Sparky envisions the Daniel Pienaar Technical School initiative as a nationwide model to stimulate greater involvement in motorsport.”

I don’t normally cover karting but it is great to see how the sport is taking off in Pakistan. “The emergence of karting in Pakistan is a story of grassroots passion and the relentless pursuit of a motorsport dream. Karting, often considered the gateway to professional racing, found its beginnings in the country through the dedication of a few visionaries.”

Mark Boudreau
Author: Mark Boudreau

Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.