Hamda Al Qubaisi returns to F4UAE for Trophy round
The most successful female driver in F4 returns to home soil for the F4 UAE Trophy round, non-championship race in support of the Abu Dhabi F1 GP.
With 6 victories and 19 podiums over two seasons in the UAE-based F4 championship, Hamda Al Qubaisi became the most successful woman in the history of Formula 4 – also scoring points on several occasions and an historic podium in the Italian championship in 2021.
The 19-year old Emirati will return behind the wheel of a F4 car this weekend, when she will line up on the grid of the Trophy round at her home track of YAS Marina Circuit in support of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
It will be the first global appearance for the new generation of F4 cars, as the Tatuus T421 will debut in the Emirates with a brand-new chassis and the introduction of the "Halo" safety feature.
Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema announced a really strong line up for the non-point scoring round, starring home hero Al Qubaisi, Conrad Laursen, Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Charlie Wurz. All four drivers have previously raced in the 2021 Italian F4 – albeit Antonelli and Wurz not in full-season roles.
Hamda's sister Amna stormed to a historic win in the Trophy round in 2019, becoming the first woman to climb the main step of an F1 podium.
Hamda would score three wins at her home track, but will now have to adapt to the slightly altered track layout.
"I’m excited to be racing on home soil this weekend and in front of my home crowd as a support race of Formula 1." – commented Hamda. "It’s all about adapting to the new F4 car and new configuration at Yas Marina Circuit whilst making the most out of the race weekend."