Building on her race-winning campaign, Carrie Schreiner will stay in F1 Academy for the series' second year and will represent the colours of Sauber F1 in a Campos Racing seat. The German is set to enter the upcoming F4 UAE championship as well as preparation.
German racer Carrie Schreiner will return to F1 Academy's sophomore season and is set to fly the colours of Sauber F1 in a Campos Racing seat in 2024.
Carrie will in fact also be enrolled in the Sauber Academy's development programme, and aims to continue the progress made in 2023, when she returned to single seaters for the first time since in seven years and readapted quickly, eventually claiming her first win at Zandvoort.
“I am proud to represent this prestigious team and the Sauber Academy in F1 Academy this year", Schreiner said. "After an exciting first season, I'm looking forward to getting back to work. Sauber has an impressive motorsport history and I want to play my part in continuing its success story in F1 Academy."
Schreiner, 25, started her motor racing career in karting and became the first ever female driver to win the ADAC karting championship in 2012, in the X30 Junior category. She then graduated to race cars in 2015, and contested two seasons in the ADAC F4 Championship, then a double program in the German and British series - where she had strong results and scored her first points as well as a fourth place at Thruxton as a best result.
In GT cars Schreiner made headlines, as she contested some of the most competitive racing series at the wheel of the most diverse GT4 and GT3 cars. Her GT racing career started from the Lamborghini SuperTrofeo - where she won the Middle-East Cup in 2018 - then went on to graduate to ADAC GT Masters in 2019, in one of the world's top GT3 series. She secured a historic first podium in Hockenheim.
Schreiner became a GT3 specialist and continued to collect notable results in NLS - where she stepped up to the top class - as well as in Italian GT, where she raced with Ferrari machinery and battled at the top of the GT3 ProAm class. In 2022, she raced in multiple programs in both Mercedes and Porsche machinery, secured the title in the GTC GT60 by Pirelli and fought for the championship in Porsche Sports Cup Endurance.
At the launch of F1 Academy, Schreiner joined ART Grand Prix and took on the challenge of readapting to F4 machinery; it was a successful task and she soon closed the gap and took her first points at Red Bull Ring's third race, in the opening weekend. She would continue to score points at least once in every round, before the breakthrough weekend of Zandvoort, where she sealed the reverse grid pole position in race 2 and contested a spectacular race, defending flawlessly and ultimately taking her first win.
In the second half of the season, Schreiner was a consistent presence in the top-ten and barely missed out on a podium in Monza, finishing fourth in race 2. She completed the season with 56 points, eleventh in the championship standings.
Schreiner will therefore move from ART Grand Prix to Campos Racing for the 2024 season, aiming to build on this momentum with support of Sauber F1.
"My goal for this season is only one: to win, and to do so flying the flag for the team, while generating more awareness for women in motorsport", Carrie continued. "F1 Academy is a great platform to realize my ambitions, and I am highly motivated to achieve new milestones with my team and Campos Racing.”
The series is set to join the F1 support bill permanently, for a seven event calendar starting from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 8-9 March. The series will also pay visits to Miami (4-5 May), Barcelona (22-23 June), Zandvoort (24-25 August), Marina Bay (21-22 September), Losail (30 November-1 December) and Yas Marina Circuit (7-8 December), which will bring the curtain down on the season.
“We are delighted to welcome Carrie to the team, and to begin a new collaboration with Sauber. Both our outfits boast vast experience in nurturing and raising the champions of tomorrow, and we cannot wait to get started" - said team principal Adrian Campos.
The new Sauber Academy driver will enter the upcoming F4 UAE Championship as part of her preparation and will join the ranks of AGI Sport. Round 1 is scheduled for January 12-14.