Williams have announced that American driver Lia Block will represent the Grove-based outfit for the 2024 F1 Academy season, racing with ART Grand Prix.
The 17-year-old began karting and rallying as an 11-year-old, however her debut in F1 Academy will mark her first full season of open-wheel racing. Block has recently undertaken testing in open-wheel cars in preparation for this new challenge.
“I am so excited to be joining the Williams Driver Academy and competing in F1 Academy in 2024,” she shared following the announcement. "This is something I never could have dreamed of. I can’t wait to embrace this new experience and learn as much as possible.”
As part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, the team will be supporting Block’s learning and development to maximise her potential throughout the F1 Academy season.
“We are excited to welcome Lia to Williams Racing as our F1 Academy driver for 2024,” James Vowles commented, adding: “Lia has already achieved a tremendous amount in motorsport, has incredible natural talent, and the champion mindset and dedication to make a success of her journey into open-wheel racing.
“We cannot wait to get started on this journey together. As a team, we are committed to Formula 1 and F1 Academy’s joint efforts to improve female representation in motorsport, and we look forward to working with Lia as a key part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy.”
F1 Academy, the all-female racing series established by Formula 1, will enter its sophomore season in 2024 with each Formula 1 team fielding a driver.
All seven rounds of the series will support F1 races across Europe, Asia, and North America, with the championship commencing in Saudi Arabia before taking in rounds at Miami, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Singapore, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.