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Alice Powell, runner-up in the W-Series in 2021, will support the Alpine F1 Team as Talent Identification and Development Mentor.

The Alpine Driver Academy gained a new mentor. Alice Powell, who will compete in the W-Series again this season, joins the French Formula 1 team.

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She will be working closely with Abbi Pulling. Pulling drove a Formula 1 car in March before the Saudi Arabian GP. She made history together with Aseel Al Hamad, as no woman had done so before.

Powell’s role will be to advise the young drivers on fitness, career paths and opportunities.

Powell explained:

“I’m delighted to join the team. More and more opportunities for women within motorsport are emerging now, but budding drivers often lack guidance and experience in the early days of their career. The Alpine Academy is an extremely useful stepping stone for all drivers.

“It provides a sense of credibility and has a defined place on the motorsport ladder. Mentoring is very important. We need to change the mindset of young women that these opportunities do exist, but to also give them the resilience to reach out and grab these opportunities with both hands.”

Working with her protégé Abbi Pulling

Powell will work closely with Pulling in particular. The 19-year-old races for Racing X in the 2022 W-Series. She has known Powell since 2020 and is looking forward to working with her:

“I’m really happy to be working closely with Alice. I’ve found the Affiliate programme already to be very beneficial. I’ve recently had my first drive in a Formula 1 car and enjoyed some other track time ahead of my W Series campaign thanks to the Affiliate programme.

“It’s a really supportive environment which is also really useful for me to hopefully show other young women that the opportunities in motorsport are there, you just need the drive and motivation to seize them.”

Ahead of the start of the W-Series in Miami, where the series will support the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Julian Rouse, Alpine Academy Director, reinforced the decision to bring Powell on board:

“We are committed to developing our pool of talent and bringing even more drivers through to F1. Through this programme we want to ensure women have an equal opportunity to do so. Alice will be a great asset to the team as we move forward with our Academy and Affiliate programme. Her role of identifying young racers, particularly female, and then guiding them through her extensive experience is incredibly useful and reassuring for the emerging potential talents we are seeing now.”

We are sure that Powell will do a great job in bringing young drivers closer to their dream of racing in Formula 1.

Feature Image Credit: @alicepowell on Twitter

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