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Sauber Academy Driver Lena Buhler set to make a step forward in her career as she prepares to race in Formula Regional European Championship.


By Ben Bush
Updated on February 5, 2024

Lena Buhler

Lena Buhler, a standout driver from the Sauber Academy, is poised for a significant career change as she sets her sights on competing in the Formula Regional European Championship.

As the first female driver to join the Sauber driver development program, Buhler had a remarkable year in 2023 during the debut season of the F1 Academy with the ART Grand Prix team.

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The Swiss driver showcased her talent and speed in the all-female series, finishing as the season’s runner-up, just behind Marta Garcia. She clinched two victories and set a new record for the most podium finishes in a single season with 13.

With her impressive performance in the series and valuable experience gained, Buhler is now ready to climb another rung on the motorsport ladder, competing in Europe. She will continue her journey with ART Grand Prix, backed by the support of the Sauber Academy.

Buhler’s significant career leap

In their announcement, Sauber highlighted that competing in the Formula Regional across some of Europe’s most renowned circuits will be a fresh and exciting challenge for the skilled Swiss racer, one she is well-equipped to meet.

Buhler eagerly anticipates her debut at Hockenheim in May, marking the beginning of what promises to be an exhilarating season.

“Formula Regional was the natural next step after F1 Academy, and I am delighted and proud to make this progression,” she said.

“I want to thank Sauber Academy, my team and of course my sponsors for believing in me and for all their support last season – I cannot wait to get started again, and to achieve even greater results together.

“Over these past few months, I trained hard preparing for my debut, and I am highly motivated – it won’t be an easy task, but I am ready for the challenge.”

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