Audi Sport has a long history of women in leading positions in racing, be they lead engineers like Leena Gade or leading the race like Michele Mouton. Over in Formula E, Envision Virgin Racing may be new to the Audi Sport fold, but they’re adopting this #DriveProgress trend rather nicely.
Emirates-born racer Amna Al Qubaisi has been confirmed to test one of Virgin’s Audi Sport FE05 racers during the next Formula E test session. The test for the 18-year old racer will be part of an in-season series test scheduled for the day after the opening round Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
“I’m thrilled for my first Formula E experience, I’m sure it will be ‘electrifying’, said Al Qubaisi stated via the team, continuing: “it has always been something that I wanted to do, driving the fully-electric Formula E car, the feel of instant and impressive power from the get-go.”
Al Qubaisi began her career in karts at the age of 13. She went on to win the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Championship, then more recently moved up to Formula 4 with Prema Theodore Racing. Amna is also the daughter of Khaled Al Qubaisi, himself a driver and the first Emirati ever to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Al Qubaisi added via the team: “I’m also very proud to be representing women in general and Arabian Women in particular. This test drive is another stepping stone towards my dream of a professional career in Motorsports and thanks to the continuous support of Kaspersky Lab, this dream will eventually come true.”
Al Qubaisi is supported by Kaspersky Lab, a leading cybersecurity provider. Kaspersky is also a partner for Envision Virgin Racing, and the two are collaborate regularly including a project this summer – Save The World ‘art-car’ project by British street artist D*Face.
Like Audi, Kaspersky Lab is also a key supporter of women’s achievements. Pairing Al Qubaisi with Envision Virgin Racing then made for a natural fit.
The Formula E test session that includes the test is schedule to take place on Sunday, December 16 after the Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Along with Al Qubaisi, the team will also field a second car during the test with current season drivers Sam Bird and Robin Frijns.