Aashi selected for Shoot Out of FIA Girls on Track, may become Team Ferrari’s first-ever female driver

Aashi Hanspal

Mumbai: Mumbai’s rising racing star Aashi Hanspal has been shortlisted for FIA’s ambitious Girls on Track – Rising Stars Project, FMSCI announced here on Sunday.
Thirteen-year-old Aashi has been selected along with 19 others in the age group of 12-16 out of 70 entries from five continents; as the first step, she will take part in the Shoot-Out at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on October 12 and 13.

Should you be successful, you will join our training camps and potentially have the opportunity to become (Team Ferrari’s) first ever female driver obtaining a partnership agreement with the Ferrari Driver Academy, including participation in an FIA Formula 4 racing season,” Michele Mouton, president of the FIA Women in Motorsport commission, said in her letter to Aashi.

The Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA), the world body for motor sports, said that the training-cum-selection process would entail four legs:
Shoot Out – October 12-13, 2020, Paul Ricard, France, Training Camp 1 (Karting) – Oct 14-15, Paul Ricard, France, Training Camp 2 (F4) November 3-4, Paul Ricard, France, Ferrari Driver Academy Training Camp (F4), November 9-13 (TBC), Maranello, Italy.

This is a great moment for women in Indian Motorsport,” Sita Raina, Chairperson of FMSCI’s own Women in Motorsports Commission, said. “Aashi has shown her mettle during the last season and has the potential to become a future star, she added.

Coached by 8-time national car racing champion Rayomand Banajee at the Rayo Racing Academy in Mumbai, Aashi recorded five podium finishes in her maiden national karting season last year and was conferred the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for her podium placings.

The dates have been chosen to enable the shortlisted girls to travel from different parts of the world, despite the current travel restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis, Michele Mouton said in her letter.