W Series today announces that three of its youngest stars will take part in a Formula 3 test at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France, on 16-17 September.
Tereza Babickova, Chloe Chambers, and Abbi Pulling will each be testing for a full day, with two cars on track per day. The aim is to introduce the drivers to the category, its car, and different set-ups, along with the demands and challenges of its environment.
Abbi – who is fourth in the 2022 W Series championship standings and joined the Alpine F1 Team’s Academy and Affiliate programme earlier this year – will take the wheel on day one, when she will be joined by Formula 4 and Formula Regional driver Hamda Al Qubaisi, 20. Tereza and Chloe – who made their W Series debuts this season – will get their first taste of the F3 car on day two.
Tereza Babickova (Puma W Series Team, 19, CZE) said:
“I am very grateful for this opportunity. I’m still a rookie formula driver, so for me, this invitation to the FIA F3 test is a recognition of my training and racing commitment so far, and it’s a great motivation for the future.
“Of course, my goal is to step up to F3 in the future, so I expect this test to show me what my real abilities are today and what I need to work on in order to be ready.”
Chloe Chambers (Jenner Racing, 18, USA) said:
“I’m excited about this opportunity. It’s something that I’ve looked forward to for a long time and I’m so grateful to have it. I see this test as a great learning opportunity to gain experience in the F3 car at a new track with new people that I can learn from. I expect to gain invaluable experience and a greater understanding of where I need to further develop my skills.
“I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at W Series, Monoflo International, and Bruno Michel and his team for helping me get this great opportunity to gain experience and show my potential.”
Abbi Pulling (Racing X, 19, UK) said:
“I’m very excited to test the F3 car around Magny-Cours and I am very grateful for this opportunity given to me. I hope to make the most out of the day and understand further what it will take to get to the next step and where I aim to hopefully compete one day.
“To get the chance to drive this kind of machinery means a lot to me and I’m expecting it to be very different to what I am used to driving. However, I’m looking forward to the challenge and trust that I will get the support I need from the team to adapt and learn as much as possible.”
Dave Ryan (Racing Director, W Series) said:
“Our aim at W Series is to equip our drivers with the skills they need, both on and off track, to be the best they can be. Today’s announcement that three of our youngest drivers, Tereza Babickova, Chloe Chambers, and Abbi Pulling, will each get a full day’s testing in an F3 car is proof that we are succeeding. Their futures are very bright, and this test is a natural next step in their development. All of them have taken everything in their stride in their W Series careers to-date, and I know they will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”
Bruno Michel (CEO, FIA Formula 3) said:
“It’s very important to us to ensure that more and more female drivers join our championship. Diversity is one of our key discussions regarding the future of motorsport.
“We initiated these dedicated F3 tests last year, with Nerea Martí, Doriane Pin, Irina Sidorkova and Maya Weug, who all said how beneficial this one-day test had been to their understanding of the demands of our championship. We selected four new drivers for this year, as we follow closely not only the W Series, but also female drivers in other categories.
“The purpose of this test is not to compare their performance, but it is an opportunity for them to understand what is required from an F3 driver from every aspect, so that they can prepare for the challenges when they progress to our championship, hopefully in the near future.”
Stefano Domenicali (President and CEO, Formula 1®) said:
“Providing more opportunities for women drivers across single seater racing is a key priority for all of us at Formula 1 and across the whole sport.
“This test, the second of its kind, will provide real opportunity for these four talented drivers to demonstrate their potential to teams and make the case for a competitive seat in years to come.”