The 17 years old Emirati racer is making the nation proud. She is all set to be named the first Arab woman to compete in Formula 4 racing next season. Amna al Qubaisi who started karting at 13, has successfully competed internationally in Formula 4. At least 7 female racing drivers had taken part in a Formula E test in Saudi Arabia after the country hosted the season-opening race, the all-electric series. Amna Al Qubaisi will leave karting behind to move on to the next level, Formula 4 championship with the Prema team. The next season will be held in Europe. The whiz-behind-the-wheel had always dreamt of racing in Formula 1, something that has now become a reality.
Formula E is an auto racing series where only electric-powered cars are used. It was launched in 2014 in Beijing. The other women participants competing included Sauber Formula One test driver Tatiana Calderon, British Formula 3 winner Jamie Chadwick, Supercars driver Simona de Silvestro, BMW Motorsport’s Beitske Visser, IMSA driver Katherine Legge, and former Lotus F1 development driver Carmen Jorda.
About Amna Al Qubaisi
Amna Al Qubaisi of the UAE is only 17, but this Emirati schoolgirl is all head geared to race into the record books again. She has done graduation from Abu Dhabi Racing’s Daman Speed Academy. Her father Khaled is an endurance race car driver and also the managing director of Abu Dhabi Racing. In fact, he was the first Emirati to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Talking of Al Qubaisi, she started driving when she was 14 years of age, following in the footsteps of her father. Hamda, her younger sister is also a competing karting driver, with the pair often racing in different categories of the same championships.
Amna Al Qubaisi Achievements
However, Formula 4 championship is not Al Qubaisi’s only claim to fame – the teen was the first Emirati woman to win the UAE’s senior Rotax Max Challenge karting series. Kaspersky Motorsport is sponsoring her racing car and she has already taken to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina racetrack to try out her single-seater.
We wish Amna good luck and hope she emerges victorious. You go, girl!