Determined to give it her all in her second F1 ACADEMY campaign, Lola Lovinfosse is hoping her efforts back at the Rodin Motorsport factory pay dividends with a stronger run of results this year.

Brimming with enthusiasm about her return off the back of her top 10 finish last season, the French racer has already been putting her pre-season efforts into practice with points on the board in Jeddah.

“I’m super excited to be back in F1 ACADEMY, especially now supported by Charlotte Tilbury,” said Lovinfosse. “I’m ready! I will work a lot with my team for this season. I think it’s a really nice opportunity to be racing around all these tracks with F1, so I’m really, really excited.”

Her seat represents a monumental moment for Charlotte Tilbury, as the renowned makeup brand have embarked on their first global sports sponsorship as an Official Partner of F1 ACADEMY. Empowering women to ‘Make Up Your Destiny’, as emblazoned on the side of the #3 car, Lovinfosse thanked Charlotte Tilbury and is excited to help break stereotypes in motorsport

“First of all, I understood how lucky I was to be here and how this opportunity is just amazing,” the 18-year-old said. “Now I see it’s getting really, really big. I was not expecting this at all now, especially having the support of Charlotte Tilbury.

“Of course, I’m putting all my focus to my racing, to my preparation, to the tracks I have to learn, but this is just something that is helping me a lot. It’s really nice, it’s something that I like – makeup, girly stuff — but I’m still having my head down fully on my racing, on what I need to do to learn. I still have a lot to learn, and I will learn a lot this year, so I’m really focused on this.”

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She added: “I think it’s really nice to show this in a male-dominated world that we can be quite feminine and girly, but still having good performances and being able to push on track.”

For Lovinfosse, her ability to extract the maximum out on track all comes back to her and Rodin Motorsport’s efforts behind the scenes. Praising the New Zealand team’s work ethic, she believes their dedication to preparation should set her on the path to success.

“It’s important for me to learn the tracks that I do not know like Singapore,” she said. “They’re difficult tracks so I really had to spend a lot of time on the sim. You need to work a lot and watch a lot of onboards to get the key points down already before getting on track. Huge sim prep and I’m really happy with my team because they are really pushing for that. I think it’s going to be a challenge, and it’s a challenge we need to accept.”

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Lovinfosse added: “I feel like they are going in the same way as me. They are really motivated and putting a lot of focus on our preparation, which was important for me.”

With three third places to her name in 2023, Lovinfosse recognises that the bar has been raised up a notch this time around, but is single-minded in her pursuit of improvement.

“I know the level is going to be much higher this year,” she admitted. “I’m going to work more, push my limits and do my best to show what I can do. Of course, I’m hoping to win the series, but I’m not putting any pressure, just doing my best.

“I think it’s just a matter of work and preparation. I want to see a progression; I want to see that my work is paying off. I want to show that although there is a high level this year and we are going to difficult tracks, but with work you can achieve anything you want.”