Aurelia Nobels to contest Italian F4 with Prema
Aurelia Nobels, the third winner of the Girls On Track - Rising Stars programme and part of the FDA, will contest the Italian F4 championship with Prema, under the banner of Iron Dames.
Aurelia Nobels, 16-year-old winner of the latest Girls On Track - Rising Stars programme, joined the Ferrari Driver Academy last November following the selections and will step up to Italian Formula 4 in 2023 as part of the Prema line up. Racing under the banner of Iron Dames, Aurelia Nobels will therefore make her debut in the highly-competitive Italian series with support from Ferrari, after contesting the inaugural edition of the Brazilian F4 championship in 2022, with one-off appearances in the Danish and Spanish F4. After impressing in her karting career, Nobels had a very positive rookie season in single-seaters: she claimed her first point-scoring finish in Interlagos in only her third weekend, and was eighth and ninth at Autodromo Velo Città. Although she missed the last two rounds due to her European commitments, Nobels scored 7 points in the series. Aurelia will join Prema's roster, which include fellow Ferrari Driver Academy drivers Tuukka Taponen and James Wharton, Arvid Lindblad, Nicola Lacorte, Rasjid Al Dhaheri and Ugo Ugochukwu. “I am extremely happy for Aurelia", commented Deborah Mayer, President of the FIA Women In Motorsport Commission and founder of Iron Dames. "Within the PREMA Racing team, she will be in the best conditions to develop her talent towards a professional career." The Italian F4 championship emerged in the last few years as one of the most competitive feeder series in the world, with grids often close to the 40 entries and all the F1 team's junior drivers eager to climb the ladder. “First of all, I am very happy to join PREMA in 2023 as an Iron Dame, to compete in the Italian Formula 4 Championship, one of the most competitive single-seater series in the world. It will not be easy, but I am very excited to take on this challenge, work hard and improve my skills." - Nobels said. “I cannot wait to meet everybody in the team and start working together and I want to thank the team and Iron Dames for having helped me to reach such a big step in my career. My thanks also go to the FIA and its Women in Motorsport commission, whose Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme made this dream possible!" The 2023 schedule includes a 7-event calendar, starting from Imola on 21-23 April. The series will visit some of the most exciting circuits in Europe, such as Spa Francorchamps, Monza, Paul Ricard and Mugello, before hosting its season finale in October at Vallelunga. Aurelia Nobels will be the second Iron Dame to graduate to Italian F4, after Maya Weug contested the last two seasons before moving up to FRECA this year with KIC Motorsport, always supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy. “I also have great satisfaction and pride seeing another Iron Dame stepping into Formula racing" - Deborah Mayer continued. "This demonstrates that the programme, and its long-term partnerships, is providing brilliant opportunities to bring even more women into motorsport.”