Formula E: Encouraging women in racing

Even in 2018, female racing drivers aren’t commonplace. But this weekend saw a number of female drivers line up to test for Formula E teams.

Among those was 18-year-old Amna Al Qubaisi, the first Emirati female racing driver, who was testing for Envision Virgin Racing. We caught up with her to find out more about how she got into racing, why she loves it and more…

Amna Al Qubaisi in an Envision Virgin Racing car

How did you get involved in racing?

My father was a big influence to me when he started racing. Ever since then hearing him speak about racing and driving on different tracks around the world has fascinated me! My interest is in anything and everything to do with racing!

How do you feel about driving the Envision Virgin Racing car?

I’m very excited! A million thanks to them and Kaspersky Lab for giving me this great opportunity!

Amna Al Qubaisi in an Envision Virgin Racing suit

Why is Formula E exciting to you?

Formula E is now the future! The Championship also gets fans involved through “Fan Boost” where they can vote for their favourite drivers. The top five drivers with the most votes get the additional power of Fan Boost. Also it’s an interesting series because it’s fully electric and all the cars are identical which makes the racing close and the driver’s role more important

You’re the first female Emirati racing driver, what does that mean to you?

I feel very proud to not just represent the UAE but also Arab women in general. This couldn’t have been possible without the support of Kaspersky Lab, who has been supporting me since I moved to the single seater categories.

Amna Al Qubaisi in an Envision Virgin Racing car

What would you say to other young females who want to become racing drivers?

 I would say to keep your head up, do what you have to do, and don’t let anyone tell you that you are not capable. If they do, always take that as motivation to prove them wrong.

Envision Virgin Racing will be back in action in the fifth season of Formula E at the Marrakesh ePrix on January 12th, 2019. For all the latest news head to


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