Doriane Pin Ascends to F1 Academy with Mercedes Junior Program

Rising star Doriane Pin takes a leap in her racing career, joining F1 Academy with Prema Racing under the Mercedes junior programme.


By Ben Bush
Updated on February 5, 2024

Doriane Pin Ascends to F1 Academy with Mercedes

In a move marking her ascent in the world of motorsport, 20-year-old Doriane Pin has secured a place in the Mercedes junior programme for the 2024 season, coupled with her entry into the F1 Academy. Pin’s journey will see her competing in the all-female racing series, backed by the renowned Prema Racing team.

Her career trajectory is impressive, having made her mark in the 2019 French Championship, transitioning from karting with the support of Iron Dames, a group dedicated to fostering and empowering women in motorsport.

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Pin’s racing prowess was on full display in the 2021 Le Mans Cup, where she achieved five podium finishes. The following year, she showcased her dominance in the Ferrari Challenge Europe, clinching the championship title with nine wins in 14 races.

Her progression continued in 2023 when she ventured into the FIA World Endurance Championship, racing in the LMP2 category. Here, she teamed up with Mirko Bortolotti and former F1 driver Daniil Kvyat, further honing her skills in a more challenging environment.

Capping off the year, Pin gained valuable experience in single-seater racing. She made a remarkable impression in the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship, finishing second overall and securing a race victory. This step into the F1 Academy under the guidance of the Mercedes junior programme is a testament to her rising status and potential in the high-octane world of Formula 1 racing.

“I am incredibly happy to join the Mercedes Junior Programme and to represent the team in F1 Academy this year with Prema Racing,” she said.

“A new chapter begins, and I am proud to make this next step in such a prestigious team and with the Iron Dames project.

“I am grateful for their trust and honoured to race for their colours.

“Moving into single-seaters was a clear objective for my career, and to be in this environment is a great approach. I am working very hard to reach the top level of this sport and I cannot wait to go racing.”

Toto Wolff, the Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, expressed his enthusiasm about Doriane Pin, stating: “Doriane is an exciting talent and we’re pleased to begin our participation in F1 Academy with her as our chosen driver.

“We have kept a close eye on her development in recent years as she has consistently impressed.

“The fantastic support of Deborah Mayer and the Iron Dames organisation has enabled her to display her abilities to this point; she has taken full advantage of that opportunity with determination and skill.

“We now look forward to working in conjunction with Iron Dames, Prema Racing, and F1 Academy, to support Doriane as she takes the next step in her career.”

As it enters its second season, the F1 Academy will be a prominent feature on the F1 support schedule for all seven of its rounds, taking the competition to various locations worldwide. The 2024 season is set to kick off in Saudi Arabia on March 7, followed by races in Miami, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Singapore, Qatar, and culminating in Abu Dhabi.

Source: Sky Sports F1

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