Aston Martin have announced Swiss racer Tina Hausmann as their nominated driver for the 2024 F1 Academy season, with the 17-year-old competing for PREMA Racing.

Hausmann’s racing journey began in karting aged seven, before going on to compete in the Swiss Rotax Mini and the OK-Junior series, where she finished fourth. From there, she moved up to race in Germany’s DKM and ADAC Masters’ Championship.

Stepping up to single seaters this season, Hausmann impressed on her debut weekend, earning a podium in the Formula Winter Series. Alongside this, she claimed victory in the female category of the Italian F4 Championship.

Looking ahead to next year’s campaign, Hausmann says she’s thrilled by the support she has received from Aston Martin and is eager to put her development to good use when the season gets underway in March.

“F1 Academy is an incredible opportunity for me; it’s an amazing series that I’m proud to be a part of,” said Hausmann. “I know I’ll learn so much that will really help me as a driver, including the experience I’ll gain from racing at seven new tracks in front of big crowds. It’s going to be a whole new world, but I’m so excited to get started.

“Representing the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One® Team in the series is a huge honour. My first day at the AMR Technology Campus showed me just what an incredible team it is. I am already so comfortable there and can feel everybody’s full support. Having Jessica Hawkins as a mentor is a real benefit, too; she has so much valuable advice to share. Inspiring the next generation of female drivers is something that’s incredibly important to us both.

“I’m also very proud to be competing with PREMA Racing. PREMA is a team that every young driver hopes to race for – they're the best at what they do - and I know that they’ll help me develop as I continue in my motorsport career. There is so much to look forward to, and I want to thank everybody who has made it possible.”

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PREMA Racing Team Principal René Rosin added: “We are extremely delighted to move one step closer to the 2024 season by announcing Tina as a driver for the upcoming series. She showed great promise moving her first steps in Formula 4, and we are convinced that with the support of our team, F1 Academy and the Aston Martin Formula One® Team, she will make more progress to become a high-profile contender.”

Additionally, Aston Martin Driver Ambassador Jessica Hawkins has become the team’s Head of Racing for F1 Academy, working closely with Hausmann in mentorship role to provide support both on and off the track. In September, she became the first woman to drive a modern F1 car in almost five years, completing a test in the AMR21 at Hungary.

Hawkins concluded: “I’ve always really enjoyed mentoring young drivers, and I’m looking forward to working with Tina as she embarks on this exciting next stage of her motorsport career. I think F1 Academy is a natural next step for her and I know, from my experience, that competing on a global stage will benefit her in many different ways. My goal will be to support Tina throughout the year, both on and off track, as it will be a steep learning curve, but one that I’m sure she’ll take in her stride.”