Williams has picked up Lia Block to represent its team in F1 Academy for 2024 season as she forays into open-wheel racing.
Williams Racing is delighted to announce that American driver Lia Block will represent Williams Racing for the 2024 F1 Academy season, racing with ART Grand Prix. Lia is an accomplished driver across numerous disciplines, including rally, Extreme E, and rallycross. The 17-year-old began karting and rallying as an 11-year-old, however her debut in F1 Academy will mark her first full season of open-wheel racing. Lia has recently undertaken testing in open-wheel cars in preparation for this new challenge.
Lia has grown up in the world of motorsport and has multiple accolades to her name, most notably winning the 2023 American Rally Association Open Two-Wheel Drive class to become the youngest ARA champion in history.
As part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, the team will be supporting Lia’s learning and development to maximise her potential throughout the F1 Academy season. She will work closely with the team at Grove to hone her skills, with access to the full spectrum of Academy support.
F1 Academy, the all-female racing series established by Formula 1, will enter its sophomore season in 2024 with each Formula 1 team fielding a driver. All seven rounds of the series will support F1 races across Europe, Asia, and North America, with the season commencing in Saudi Arabia before taking in rounds at Miami, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Singapore, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
Lia Block: “I am so excited to be joining the Williams Driver Academy and competing in F1 Academy in 2024! This is something I never could have dreamed of. I can’t wait to embrace this new experience and learn as much as possible.”
James Vowles, Team Principal, Williams Racing: “We are excited to welcome Lia to Williams Racing as our F1 Academy driver for 2024. Lia has already achieved a tremendous amount in motorsport, has incredible natural talent, and the champion mindset and dedication to make a success of her journey into open-wheel racing. We cannot wait to get started on this journey together. As a team, we are committed to Formula 1 and F1 Academy’s joint efforts to improve female representation in motorsport, and we look forward to working with Lia as a key part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy.”
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