Diverse & Inclusive Sport

Formula 1 is working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport by removing barriers, nurturing talent, and inspiring change.

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Launching in 2023, F1 Academy is an all-female driver category, which aims to help develop and prepare young female drivers to progress to higher levels of competition – including Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1. (if it’s too long, stop here) The category is designed to give drivers access to more track time, racing and testing, as well as support with technical, physical, and mental preparations. It will provide young talent in junior categories with access to the fundamental level of experience needed to progress to Formula 3 and join the Road to F1.

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Careers in Motorsport

There are varied engineering careers within a motorsport environment across engineering disciplines such as mechanical, aerodynamic, electrical, systems, production, chemical and even civil engineering. 

Below are some ways that Formula 1 promotes and nurtures the next generation of young minds.

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School Visits

Engaging with young students is important to try and build a connection with Formula 1 as a sport and an industry early in their educational development. We welcome local schools to our facilities to hear from inspirational voices in F1 who hold a range of positions across the business and get hands on experience in fun and engaging activities.

STEM Challenge Days

F1, the F1 teams and the FIA are working together to drive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) engagement in UK secondary schools through a series of STEM Challenge Days facilitated by education charity, The Smallpeice Trust.

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Career Insight Days

Through different Career Insight Days, we enable upper-education students to be introduced to world of F1, hear first-hand insight from F1 personnel in a variety of sectors and experience real-world scenarios to help enhance their skill set.


Internships are a key part of early career support. We are currently running the Legal Vacation Scheme, in partnership with Aspiring Solicitors, provides legal work experience to students from underrepresented backgrounds. The scheme allows the students to experience what it is like working in an in-house legal team day-to-day, as well as giving them an opportunity to meet our commercial colleagues from across the wider business.

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In 2021 we announced the Formula 1 Engineering Scholarship programme for underrepresented groups, following an initial $1 million donation from former CEO Chase Carey. The programme, which enables scholarships to be offered to 10 more students each year, has since been extended until 2025 inclusive, as we continue the drive to increase diversity within the sport. Each scholarship covers the full cost of a student’s tuition, together with living expenses, for the full duration of their degree.

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