Bustamante will race for the W Series Academy team, lock his seat for at least two years

MANILA, Philippines — Bianca Bustamante will compete in the W Series top-level women’s single-seater racing championship for at least two years.

This is because she was selected to race for the W Series Academy team, which is an exclusive program designed to support the development of young female talent in motorsport.

With her seat for the next two seasons intact, the 17-year-old Filipino driver will be able to focus on driver development.

It was announced that Bustamante was one of five signings chosen for the 2022 season last week.

Within the W Series Academy team, Bustamante will have a dedicated engineer throughout the season and provide a consistent competitive environment as it transitions from karting to formula racing.

She will join Juju Noda from Japan in the team.

“I am so thrilled to be part of the W Series this season! Being selected to drive as part of the Academy Team program is an added privilege as it reaffirms the W Series’ trust and confidence in my racing abilities,” Bustamante said.

“The W Series is all about giving opportunities to the most talented female racing drivers in the world, and we’ve been following Bianca and Juju’s progress for some time now. We knew they had raw skills but, ever since they have joined us and are working with the team in this year’s pre-season testing, they have also shown consistency in the car and a willingness to learn, and we have trusted them with quality seats. W Series racing for two years and dedicated race engineers, and now it’s over to them to pay it back by continuing to work hard,” said Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director.

Bustamante will make his W Series debut with the rest of the grid when the 2022 season opener in Miami comes in May.

The W Series will feature in eight weekends of the F1 calendar as it is a support race for the premier single-seater racing championship.

Among the tracks on which the W series will race with F1 is also Silverstone and France.

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