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FIA Girls on Track reveals Rising Stars’ year two longlist for F4 shootout

by Ida Wood

The longlist of 28 drivers contesting the second edition of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission’s Ferrari Driver Academy-affiliated Girls on Track Rising Stars programme have been named.

Of the 28 contending to potentially become a Ferrari Formula 1 junior and Formula 4 driver in 2022, only two are already in single-seater racing. Julia Ayoub races in Formula Delta Brasil, and Emma Wigroth is a rookie in Formula Nordic.

Besides Renault Clio racer Siri Hoekfelt, the other 25 are karters aged between 10 and 16. The mimimum age is two years lower than the first edition in 2020, won by Maya Weug, and all have been nominated by national sporting authorities.

In total there were 71 nominated drivers, and the FIA WiM Commission’s Detection Cell whittled the applications down to 28 – half of them born prior to March 31, 2007 and classified as ‘Senior’, and half born after and classified as ‘Junior’.

Six of the 28 drivers also made the longlist in 2020, including Jessica Edgar, Alice Powell’s protege Ella Stevens who recently made her senior karting debut, and Kinga Wojcik who is conducting 20 days of testing in F4 this year with AS Motorsport.

The first part of the Rising Stars shootout will take place at Paul Ricard on October 21-23. While it has not been named who will run this preliminary stage and what it will include, the 2020 edition was hosted by famed French racing school Winfield Racing School and used Praga karts. FIA WiM also tagged both when sharing the announcement on social media.

Eight from each classification will then progress to two separate karting and F4 training assessments in the days after. Both classifications will be halved in size after this second stage, with the remaining eight drivers invited to a karting camp and an FDA scouting camp.

The final element will likely last a full week, and will be the deciding stage of the shootout. The top ‘junior’ will recieve an FDA-funded season in international karting for 2022, while – subject to meeting an assessment standard – the top ‘senior’ will join the FDA.

The announcement of the longlist did not mention the prize of a season in a European F4 series, but it has already been confirmed as being a continued part of the programme.

Here is the full longlist of ‘Rising Stars’ drivers, and what they have been racing in over the last two years:

Rising Stars longlist

Driver Nation Age 2021 2020
Julia Ayoub Brazil 16 Formula Delta Brasil Senior karting
Antonella Bassani Brazil 15 Junior karting Junior karting
Chiara Battig Switzerland 11 Mini karting Mini karting
Victoria Blokhina Russia 14 Senior karting Junior karting
Laura Bubenova Slovakia 12 Mini karting Cadet karting
Bianca Bustamante The Philippines/USA 16 No racing Senior karting
Laura Camps Torras Spain 16 Senior shifter karting Senior shifter karting
Tania Cirelli France 16 Shifter karting Senior karting
Alexia Danielsson Sweden 12 Mini karting Mini karting
Yinthe De Smet Belgium 10 Cadet karting Cadet karting
Clarissa Dervic Spain 11 Senior karting Junior karting
Jessica Edgar England 16 Junior karting Junior karting
Maria Germano Neto Portugal 11 Mini karting Mini karting
Siri Hoekfelt Sweden 15 Clio Junior Cup Sweden Clio Junior Cup Sweden
Wiktoria Kulesza Poland 12 Mini karting Mini karting
Nea Kytoela Finland 13 Junior karting Junior karting
Meri Levula Finland 13 Junior karting Junior karting
Matilde Magalhaes Portugal 15 unknown Junior karting
Kiana Naude Switzerland 12 Junior karting Mini karting
Skye Parker Wales 11 Cadet karting Cadet karting
Ivanna Richards Mexico 13 Junior karting Junior/Mini karting
Milla Sjoestrand Sweden 13 Junior karting Junior karting
Ella Stevens England 15 Junior karting Mini karting
Alise Stolcermane Latvia 11 Mini karting Micro karting
Aada Turpeinen Finland 14 Senior karting Junior karting
Taya Van Der Laan South Africa 15 Junior karting Junior karting
Emma Wigroth Sweden 16 Formula Nordic Junior karting
Kinga Wojcik Poland 16 Senior karting Junior karting