UAE's Amna Qubaisi to Become First Arab woman in F-4

Seventeen-year-old Amna Qubaisi is on track to become the first Arab woman to race in Formula 4.

A 17-year-old Emirati racer is fast becoming one of the region's biggest motorsports stars, becoming the first Arab woman to compete in Formula 4 racing.

Amna Qubaisi won the UAE's Rotax Max Challenge karting championship last month, and now will move on to the Formula 4 championship with the Prema team next season.

Ultimately, the young Emirati driver is setting her sights on the top prize in motor sports - a seat in Formula 1.

"It feels really amazing to be the first female driver of the UAE to be racing in Formula 4," Amna said, according to website 360 Sport.

"I feel very confident that I can do well there and this is the first step to Formula 1... I hope I can live up to the expectations of Daman Speed Academy - where I have trained - and of course Abu Dhabi Racing who have placed so much trust in me."

If she did make it all the way to Formula 1, Qabaisi would be one of only of six women to compete at the sport's highest levels. Only two women have ever qualified to begin a Grand Prix race.

Given her young age and obvious skill on the track, motorsports journalists believe there is no reason Qabaisi can't make it.

She has already taken to Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina racetrack to try out her single-seater, Kaspersky Lab-sponsored racing car and hopes it will take her to victory next season.


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