Chloe Grant graduates to F1 Academy, lands final ART GP seat
Scottish Chloe Grant graduates from GB4 to F1 Academy with ART Grand Prix; the Girls On Track Rising Star finalist will contest her first international season in single-seaters in the F1-promoted series.
The entry list of the inaugural F1 Academy season is quickly completing, with five drivers being announced in the last two days. ART Grand Prix completes its line up with the addition of Chloe Grant - 16 year old from Scotland and Girls on Track - Rising Stars finalists.
Grant graduates from GB4 Championship, where she scored 12 top ten finishes in the UK-based series that uses first gen F4 cars. Grant joins Léna Bülher and Carrie Schreiner at the French squad, as the brand-new all female series approaches its collective tests in Barcelona.
“I am really excited to contest this season with ART Grand Prix", said Grant. "We share the same ambition for winning and with the history and victory that ART Grand Prix carries, I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together."
"It’s a privilege to join their long list of successful and talented drivers. The F1 Academy presents an opportunity to us female drivers that we haven’t seen before, and I know we have a competitive inaugural grid. I can’t wait to get started!”
Grant started her karting career on home soil when she was 7 and secured the award for best up-and-coming driver for the 2014 season. She then won the East of Scotland Karting Club championship in the Minimax category in 2017, and was second overall in the North of Scotland Karting Club championship in 2019 with wins and podiums to her name. She would then win the CKRC championship in 2020, before moving up to race cars in 2021, when she won the Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship.
When the GB4 Championship was announced in 2022, Grant started her first single seater campaign. Chloe had a significant improvement throughout the season and scored two top five finishes at Brands Hatch, at the penultimate round of the championship, finishing ninth in the points' standings.
Having been selected for the third edition of the FIA Women In Motorsport's promoted Girls on Track - Rising Stars, Grant impressed in the F4 selections at Paul Ricard and advanced to the FDA stage at Maranello, where she drove the new gen Tatuus F4 car.
Grant is the third GB4 driver to graduate to F1 Academy and the second Girls On Track finalist.
“ART Grand Prix is happy to accompany Chloe in her first year of international competition", said Sebastien Philippe, ART Grand Prix Team Principal. "Last season, she showed a glimpse of her talent and determination, which had already enabled her to have a great career in karting."
"This development corresponds perfectly to the philosophy of our Company, which is proud to participate in this new sporting and individual journey.”
Having raced in cars only in the UK so far, Chloe will in fact start her first international season in single seaters, with the exciting new F1 Academy program. Collective testing is set to get underway at Circuit de Catalunya on 11-12 April, before the first round of the season at Red Bull Ring on 28-30 April.
The format of the new F1 Academy will grant increased track-time to the drivers, with a 7-event calendar featuring triple headers on many F1 tracks, as well as at least 15 official test days. The final round will be contested in conjunction with the F1 US GP at Circuit of the Americas, Austin.