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Female riders once dropped out of Harvard to pursue speed passion

At the age of 18, Richard Mille’s newest member, Aurora Straus, reserved a school year to attend the Pirelli World Challenge and achieve impressive results.

Aurora Straus grew up in New England (USA). Besides being a student and a musician, she is also known as the only professional teenage female driver in North America.

The blonde-haired girl recounted that, as a child, it was very hard to ride on the slippery road due to the snow and ice every winter. So at the age of 13, Aurora Straus’ father taught him basic defensive driving skills.

Showing a gift for speed sports, Aurora Straus quickly mastered the car. She began attending professional tournaments for her age. Aurora came first in the 2017 young driver competition.

In 2019, with the help of Richard Mille, Aurora Straus switched to using the BMW M4 GT4. The super sports car earned her the runner-up position, with two victories and many times reached the top 3 in the Pireli World Challenge. Aurora Straus said no other female driver has ever done so.

Aurora Straus considered racing to be a team sport, but every driver must be fierce and show his best ability. Before she started, she used to be highly focused, creating her own space to reduce stress. Aurora Straus has met at least 50 female riders in three years of professional play. She often shares her experiences with the spirit that anyone can race.

Recently, Aurora Straus also launched a non-profit fund called “Girls with Drive” to change the awareness and create the love of girls for the capital sector for men. Car racing is a prime example, but there are also a number of other professions that women’s representation is still low.

In life, Aurora Straus, like many girls, has her own passions. Young driver fascinated by a Richard Mille watch. Aurora Straus emphasizes durability in the design of the brand from Switzerland.

From love to work, Aurora Straus joins the team of Richard Mille. She sees this as a coincidence as to how she comes to racing. The watch brand creates an atmosphere like a family, always caring and sharing her wishes.

There will be a Formula race for women only

A new motorsport race of Formula 3 – F3 for women has just been launched and will officially launch in the middle of next year, aiming to help female riders soon reach the prestigious Formula 1 race – F1 in the future.

The new W Series will mainly use the 1.8 liter Tatuus F3 race car and will start in May 1919, free for about 18 to 20 female riders to register for the competition. Drivers will have to undergo thorough testing, qualification and training before officially entering the competition.

The total prize value will be up to $1.5 million, of which the champion will receive $500,000 and the corresponding prize money will be spread evenly until the driver ranked 18th overall. According to the organizers, there will be about six 30-minute races each of the top races in Europe, most of which have ever held F1 races. In addition, the organizers also plan to expand the tournament scale to the Americas, Asia and Australia in the future.

The W Series will receive support from Technical Director Adrian Newey of the renowned Red Bull Racing team in a coaching role, with mentor from former F1 driver David Coulthard.

The F3 is often seen as the beginning of a motorsport career for young riders, before going on to compete at the higher levels of F2 and finally the prestigious F1 race. No female racers have been in an F1 tournament since 1976, but with the launch of the W Series, the organizers expect to provide a platform for female riders to develop their skills, before participating. compete on an equal footing with men at the higher levels of this world’s most exciting speed sport.

The W Series will still be a story of the future, but for now, can look at some of the promising faces of the world women’s racing village, including the 25-year-old Colombian rider, Tatiana Calderon, currently is the only female driver of the Swiss F1 Sauber racing team and has participated in the Grand Prix for the past two years.

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