F4UAE: History made as four women set to contest the Abu Dhabi support round

F4UAE: History made as four women set to contest the Abu Dhabi support round

The F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth, based in the United Arab Emirates, will make motorsport history this week as four women prepare to compete at the season-opening Trophy Round at Yas Marina Circuit (November 28-December 1).

Not only a first for circuit racing in the region, but three of the four women are GCC nationals from both the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; another first for motorsport in the Middle East and one that is understood to not have been replicated before in open-wheeler circuit racing.

The young women include open-wheeler racers Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi from the UAE – the daughters of Khaled Al Qubaisi, a multiple winner of the Dubai 24 Hours – former British F4 racer and TRD 86 Cup UAE winner Reema Juffali from KSA, and former F4UAE racer Logan Hannah from Scotland.

Considered one of the most important additions to the UAE’s local motorsport calendar back in 2016, F4UAE has been instrumental in developing young driver talent over the last three seasons, with 46 different drivers from 32 countries competing since inception. However, only one has been a woman to date, 18-year-old Hannah who returns for a one-off entry this season.

All four will grid up for the category’s first appearance as a support event to the Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this week at Yas Marina Circuit, marking a step forward for motorsport in the region that is welcomed by all members of the sporting community.

“The F4UAE Championship has grown to be one of the best platforms for new talented drivers to expand their careers, and we are very proud that it now has four women willing to be a part of this historical event supporting the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO), and FIA Vice President for Sport.

“The UAE has a long history of motorsport success that is recognised around the world, and we are proud to lead the way in giving every driver the opportunity to be a successful racing driver no matter if they are male or female. It’s very exciting to have the women part of the championship and we wish them a lot of success.”

Category technical director, Craig Thompson, says the women should be given credit for earning their place on the grid: “Formula 4 racing is an entry level category and there can be a misconception that they are easy to race without needing any experience, but you do need racing miles under your belt to have any chance of keeping up with the field. F4 sets the benchmark for developing young drivers into future Formula 1 stars.

“Drivers that come to F4UAE are usually karting champions with international experience, and these young women have done a great job in earning credibility through karting and open-wheelers in Europe, the UK and the UAE to be prepared for racing in front of a huge F1 crowd. We really do wish them every success,” Thompson concluded.

Category communications manager Filippa Guarna – a 20-year motorsport media veteran and a longtime champion for the increased participation of women in the sport – says the four women racing in F4UAE send a positive message to other women and young girls who want to be part of such an exciting industry.

“The UAE has such a strong karting community and you’d be surprised how many are girls and young women, so it’s great that the industry here is embracing these efforts and encouraging them to keep pushing their skills to move up through the competition ranks,” said Guarna. “Amna, Hamda, Reema and Logan have a solid mix of experience already, and even though racing in front of the most prestigious championship in the world – Formula 1 – will be daunting, we know they’ll be completely focused on the job. To have them make history at F4UAE’s Trophy Round is truly something we’re all proud to be a part of and here to support them next weekend.”

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AMNA AL QUBAISI (UAE): A former karting champion, Amna Al Qubaisi this year competed in her second season of the Italian F4 Championship, where she claimed 10 top-20 finishes and a best result of 12th at Adria in 2018, and seven top-20 finishes and a best result of 13th at Mugello this year. Her long list of accolades includes becoming the first female to win both the UAE RMC Champion karting title in 2016 and the GCC Drivers Academy Competition in 2017. She was also the first Middle Eastern woman to take part in a motorsport test program for Formula E after the 2018 Ad Diriyah ePrix event in Saudi Arabia.

HAMDA AL QUBAISI (UAE): Hamda Al Qubaisi started karting in 2015 and was the first Emirati to be invited to the FIA-sponsored CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy in 2016. She’s finished 3rd place in the IAME X30 championship and most recently made her F4 debut in Austria at the Red Bull Ring this past July as part of the Italian F4 Championship (she contested two rounds this season).

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REEMA JUFFALI (KSA): Reema Juffali began her first season of racing only in October 2018 in the TRD 86 Cup UAE with Dragon Racing – the same team which won the 2017/2018 F4UAE Drivers and Teams Champions titles. The talented Saudi racer scored seven class wins, four overall podium finishes and won the 45-minute feature race supporting the 2018 Gulf 12 Hours AT Yas Marina Circuit. In 2019, she took a leap of faith overseas and embarked on the British F4 Championship for Double-R Racing, where she finished 13th outright with 10 top-10 finishes. Reema will contest the 2019 F4UAE Trophy Round with Dragon Racing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOGAN HANNAH (SCT): Having started competing in karting aged 11, Logan is the only female to start a race in F4UAE to date, having debuted in the 2017/2018 F4UAE season where she raced Round 1 at Yas Marina Circuit. A member of the Arden-linked Young Racing Drivers Academy for the past six years, she has extensive karting experience in the UAE and overseas, as well as in Ginetta Juniors. In 2019, she raced in the Scottish FF1600 championship, scoring three podiums and a 4th place in the drivers’ championship. Most recently she raced in the Formula Ford Festival, plus the Walter Hayes Trophy (at Silverstone) making it to the final and placing 21st out of 107 drivers on her first full season. Logan has also been named the Scottish Motor Racing Club’s female racer of the year for 2019.


The F4UAE Trophy Round will be run as a support to the Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit, UAE, from November 28 to December 1, 2019.

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5 hrs ago

MotoGP

The duel of the season? 🤔

The World Champion and the rookie went head to head in what was one of our first looks into the future. The last few laps in Thailand were UNREAL to watch and it still gives us goosebumps now! 🙌

#ThaiGP 🇹🇭
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Battle of the year is austria

Sorry but these are just kids, have you ever seen last Lap duel between Gibernau and Rossi ? That was much more thrilling every time, and they both had good bikes not like Marquez who is clearly on the better bike.

Yes the duel of the season.....wow

Surelly 93 😎🏍️🥇 He is the best, everybody must see that fact

MM and Dovi was a much better last lap!

2020 no mistake on the last corner. Fabio will win!

Oh wow that is incredible racing

Marquez was only playing with him he could have passed him any lap FFS 😂😂😂😂

Marquez is just phenomenal.

That was awesome... Marquez is the greatest ever

Nope, Mugello was the duel of the season.

Pour moi le plus beau Grand Prix de la saison et en direct

The duel of the century would have been in 2015, if he pushed with Rossi for Lorenzo and Pedrosa, instead of the crap that he saw.

Fabio ... the Champion Killer in 2020 💪🏻👍🏻

Fabio can’t wait to watch you this year

Was really really hoping for #ElDiablo to pull this off

So beautiful

Cant wait for a different ending

A puissance égale, Marquez ne l'aurait pas doublé dans la ligne droite

🤣😂🤣 . yes winner

Superbe

Silverstone was better in my opinion

Much prefer the commentary on BT sport.

J'y étais, souvenir impérissable

Rear wheel on the air

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5 hrs ago

Dakar Rally

🇸🇦 Here are the best pictures of our Saudi fans during the Dakar 2020. Let's enjoy, comment and share it! #Dakar2019 💚
🇸🇦 أفضل صور المشجعين السعوديين خلال داكار ٢٠٢٠. تمتعوا وشاركوا هذه اللقطات! 💚 #داكار2020
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🇸🇦 Here are the best pictures of our Saudi fans during the Dakar 2020. Lets enjoy, comment and share it!  #Dakar2019 💚
🇸🇦 أفضل صور المشجعين السعوديين خلال داكار ٢٠٢٠. تمتعوا وشاركوا هذه اللقطات! 💚 #داكار2020

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Dakar sem Argentina, Chile, Bolívia e Peru é uma tremenda chateação..., monotonia do princípio ao fim e sem o entusiasmo das multidões de verdadeiros aficionados.

Pas beaucoup de femme libre dans vos photo pas beaucoup de femme au volant .... ASO avec le dakar encourage les inégalités de tt genres ..... on est loin des idées de Thierry Sabine. Le rallye Dakar 2020 a été particulièrement critiqué cette année, parce qu’il se déroule en Arabie saoudite, un pays où de nombreux opposants au royaume et militants des droits de l’homme sont en prison. La seconde critique est récurrente : les sports mécaniques polluent. C'est d'autant plus marquant lorsqu’ils se déroulent dans un décor féérique et que les concurrents se disent amoureux de la nature, voire des défenseurs de la planète comme l’aventurier à peine rentré d’Arctique, Mike Horn, dont la présence dans le bivouac a de quoi étonner.

I agree! South America full of spectators. Here it proves it should move back. The track looked better in SA as well. Better still why not move it all over the world.

Super cool 😉😘♥️🇵🇪🌍✅👏🥳 amo el deporte y más la carrera de autos full lo máximo 👍🌟💫✨

Bravo aux photographes de cette édition 2020 !!! Les photos sont superbes !! 😍

Tolle Bilder super Fans 👍👏🙏💖

Nothing on this years coverage about the charity work supported by the event. Has there been any?

Wow! 7pictures and not even 25 people... Tells one hell of a story!

Fans is exactly what this years Dakar lacked...there was zero local support unless it wasn't televised...sad to see compared to the South Americans who brought so much energy and passion to the event

I miss the South American fans. Nothing like seeing some beat up old GMC parked up on a huge dune.

Incredible!!! Family fun!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

15 fans sûrement payé par un prince... Pour faire bonne figure. Qu'elle mascarade...

I'll take Latin American fans anyday!

Truly incredible

Hermosas foros gracias por compartir!!!!🤗saludos

Beautiful pictures

La mayoría fotos de hombres!

Lo que representa un Dakar hermandad y pasión al deporte☝🏽💪🏽🙌🏽🚚💨💨💨

Muy poca pasión veo en ese puñado de árabes. La pasión,el calor, la multitud, solo lo pusieron los espectadores sudamericanos y aún más los Argentinos

Gracias, bonitas fotos

Bellisimas!!

Should of been in Russia or all the stans, or Mongolia/China etc

Espectacular ¡¡¡

It's good to meet other cultures

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6 hrs ago

MotoGP

The dead stop turn 12 is the perfect place for a last ditch victory attempt 💥

Two years in Thailand and two classics! More of the same this year! 🙌

#ThaiGP 🇹🇭
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Best of the best mm93

Marc Márquez N°1 Congratulations

Was soll man noch sagen: Ausdauer wird belohnt. 👍👍😍👍👍

Magnifique 😎👍

Não assistiremos no Brasil , sportrv '"" rede Globo' " não renovou e demitiu apresenta dores..

Horsepower circuit yet Yamaha always there.

you can clearly see the lines that 93 takes around the circuit

Toujours le meilleur MM93 ❤️❤️

K I N G . . . . ! ! ! 💪💪💪💪

Frio e calculista!!!

Alan Flores

Garoto show pilota muito 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

93 croise mais il aura le final 😊

Poutsa bala Kai trabala all the way!!!

Oliver Schubert

2020 = 20 🏆

Dominik Power

🤟🤪🏍️☁️

93

Bonito

93 go

93!!! 🥇🏍️😎

Mario Vesely Roos Vesely Lisa Vesely

Sama ya? Musuh marquest kurang belajar😄

93 👍👍👍

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7 hrs ago

F1

We followed Alex Albon Ansusinha around for a VERY eventful weekend in Brazil... check out what happened 👀 ... See Less

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So many harsh comments about Alex, I wonder if people know/remember that he got a very late call to drive in F1 and didn’t have anywhere near the normal prep and testing time that others have, plus the pressure of changing cars mid year into a top team notorious for dropping their drivers if they don’t perform... I think he’s done exceptionally well and his race craft has only gotten better and better, here’s to podiums in 2020! 👍🏁🏎

These behind the scenes are always so fascinating to watch. That head device is a neat neck trainer. It takes a lot to keep your head up and look during some of those high-g turns.

Just goes to show, you cant just get in a F1 car and put your foot down, the level of fitness these guys have to endure, to comfortably be able to drive the car is massive!

Seems a smashing young fella - best of luck to him I 2020 🏁

I hope to see him on the podium soon, if Hamilton doesn’t crash into him again 🤣. Really, I wish him an excellent 2020 even if Hamilton will be champ again!

The coolest quickest nerd. Such a nice kid. Should like to see him race for the brits, but I know why he's gone for his mum's Thailand.

Gets hammered by Max in every qualy session with at least half a second, crashes like an amateur every weekend. Wins rookie of the year. Amazing

Don't get why people are complaining about Alborn, there's worse drivers around. Think this video is very good for people to see behind the scenes of what drivers get up to and that it's not all money parties and bling

Albon has performed mediocre in his rookie year but all he needs is time, anyone remember Lewis Hamilton throwing away his first world championship in China by overshooting the corner of the pit entry? Now look at him.

Se é assim que ele se comporta enquanto piloto, me parece com um estagiário! Deveria buscar mais espaço na equipe!🏁👍👀

All the best tiger!

Everyone says give him time. Jesus, real champions dont need time.....this is formula one not bambino karting. Hes a really nice guy though, sports personality of the year maybe, rookie of the year definitely not

This is Formula Parade, a 7 year 2 car Mercedes race.

Marko looked like he didnt even want to shake his hand. Typical for his 2nd driver.

fascinating!

Very nice 🏎

When is drive to survive coming out

Better attitude than max and one of the top rookies 👍🏻

Very nice

F1 your sync calendar sync 2019 races... when will you update that?

Un gran fin de semana 🤘

Champ to be

Craig Shore I can not wait till F1 is back

i like videos like this..!

Thomas

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8 hrs ago

MotoGP

Do you want to enjoy the opening round of the 2020 #MotoGP season at the Losail International Circuit? 🤩

Buy your #QatarGP 🇶🇦 tickets before the 1st of February and save up to 25%!➡️http://bit.ly/QatarGP20Tickets
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Gutted to be missing Losail for the first time in 3 years! ☹️

Hey MotoGP, how are we gonna watch the races in Brazil 🇧🇷 if SporTV didn't get a new contract and fired the best broadcasters (Guto Nejaim and Mundomoto - Fausto Macieira) ??? Please help us urgently!

doha is a no go at moment 😕

Shyam Chengappa

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8 hrs ago

24H Series

NEW ENTRY!

Rinaldi Racing will be joining us this 24H SERIES 2020 Season! The German team will be participating with a Ferrari 488 GT3 at MONZA🇮🇹, SPA🇧🇪, PORTIMAO🇵🇹, PAUL RICARD🇫🇷 and BARCELONA🇪🇸.

Great news and a great competitor for the 24HSERIES EUROPE championship!

Ferrari#thisisendurance #24hseries #ferrari488 Ferrari
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NEW ENTRY!

Rinaldi Racing will be joining us this 24H SERIES 2020 Season! The German team will be participating with a Ferrari 488 GT3 at MONZA🇮🇹, SPA🇧🇪, PORTIMAO🇵🇹, PAUL RICARD🇫🇷 and BARCELONA🇪🇸. 

Great news and a great competitor for the 24HSERIES EUROPE championship!

#thisisendurance #24hseries #Ferrari488 Ferrari

12 hrs ago

F1

Happy Birthday, Jenson Button 🎉

Who remembers this moment? The Brit's first F1 victory 🤩🏆
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With a little bit of luck (double diffuser) and the greatest F1 engineer of all time, he won a championship with an almost defunct team who had no money at the end of the season. Happy birthday, Jenson.

I was actually at that GP on my honeymoon. We got soaked. Fantastic race though. Kimi crashed right in front of us.

My favourite memory of Jenson Button was when he became world champion at Brazil in 2009. It wasn't an easy championship as he went from winning 6 of the first 7 races to being utterly outclassed by the Red Bulls and on occasions Hamilton's McLaren towards the end of the season. The sheer joy, relief and release of winning the title was palpable

Happy Birthday Jenson! Pity Mclaren couldn't give him a decent, reliable car. Career ended too early. X

Happy birthday jenson really do miss him in f1 really do wish he didn't leave one of the great legends,

Like the guy, don't get me wrong but 2006 Hungarian F1 GP was a fantastic race, a true masterpiece driving by Alonso, the only reason why he did not win the race by a couple of laps difference to the 2nd place was that his engine gave up on him. Alonso fighting and overtaking Schumacher on the outside of the corner and in wet conditions is something trully special. Back to Jenson and the race his real "competition" in the race was Pedro de la Rosa(fininshed 2nd), a slow driver by any standards, we had 8 DNFs and 1 DQ drivers among them Alonso, Kimi, Rosberg,Webber, Kubica, seriously guys I like Jenson but who else could have one the race?

Remember it well but also remember his interview on top gear a few weeks before saying how it would mean everything to win a gp. Then he wins this and finds out before 2009 he might not have a seat as honda was gone only to come back as Braun and win championship. Jenson is a gentleman. Happy birthday xxx

Et qu'elle course incroyable un des meilleurs grands prix de la F1 🏎 moderne

Happy birthday! F1 hasn't been the same since Jenson retired.

One of my all time favourite drivers .. a true gentleman... Never a whiner .... absolutely loved his win on the last lap in Canada.. happy birthday Jenson

Happy Birthday Jense, hope you have a great one with your wonderful family!

An awesome British champion and made history that will never be forgotten Happy birthday JB

Happy birthday Jenson, I always remember watching this race

A perfect gentleman in a world of F1 drivers. Held his own against every world class teammate he had( Hamilton, barichello, Alonso). Sad that he never got a proper sendoff.

James Allen really was a great commentator. Much better than crofty. He brought alot of enthusiasm. That moment, kimis pass on fisi and the end of the 2008 brazil race his commentary is fantastic. Him and martin were great together

One of my favourite bits of commentary ever, always makes my hair stand on end. Also just one of the nicest guys in F1 🏎️

I remember it very well, JB has always been my fav British driver. Always worked hard to get his championship win. Almost lost everything when Honda pulled out. Have more respect for a driver who has had to work hard for his wins than one who is handed it by being in the best car

This moment was worth the long wait.What a driver and gentleman.My true hero, Happy birthday JB

Happy Birthday to my favourite driver 😘

My favorite driver with a birthday right before mine, which I just find sweet. Congrats on baby Hendrix and Happy Birthday

Lovely how the cars did look that time... "simple", pure and powerfull. No nonsense. Best Era of F1 ever in my opinion.

The best part of this clip is James Allen's commentary. One of the best.

I was there to witness this... the rain was horrendous but the sun shone on my man...amazing and so lucky to witness this live...🥰🥰🏁🏁

I was there on the main grandstand. A great race, historic victory. Was a great weekend to be there. I'd love to come back to that circuit again.

the thing i remember most about JB's first win is his eyes , brilliant!

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