23 Jun 20

Formula E celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

The championship played host to FIA Girls on Track in Diryah and Santiago this past year, promoting gender equality and increased female participation in motorsport across all roles - from engineers to journalists and drivers.

Following successful events at Mexico City and the Berlin E-Prix early in 2019, Formula E partnered with FIA Girls on Track initiative once again for the 2019/20 Formula E season, with events at the season-opening Diryah E-Prix and Round 3 in Santiago, Chile.

Launched in February 2019 at the Mexico City E-Prix, the FIA Girls On Track initiative aims to impact the FIA’s goal of gender equality and increased participation in motorsport. It offers a unique opportunity to inspire and encourage girls between the ages of 8-18 to get involved in a number of innovative activities aimed at boosting confidence and creating exciting new career opportunities. 

Dare to be Different

Girls were able to get involved in technical workshops to develop their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills while being encouraged to be creative and work as a team. 

FIA Girls on Track - Ad Diriyah

Those taking part also learned directly from motorsport journalists as to how reporting from a race meeting and preparing a news story, as well as presenting a piece to camera.

Finally, girls could get stuck into a driving activity with a competitive element. After being guided by an instructor on a simulator about where to brake, how to steer through curves and when to accelerate, they were able to get out on-track for a practice lap and two timed laps - an opportunity to kick-start a karting career.

Follow your dreams

FIA Girls on Track was borne out of Susie Wolff's Dare To Be Different programme, founded with the same aim of encouraging women into the sport.

For International Women in Engineering Day, ROKiT Venturi Racing, the Formula E team at which Wolff holds the role of team principal, featured one of its leading engineers who operates as team manager for the Monegasque outfit - Advanced Mechanics graduate Delphine Biscaye.

“I grew up in an environment where you had to prove yourself and prove what you can do," said Biscaye, who has been with Venturi since 2009. "My family was always behind me and my brothers, but we grew up with the idea that you make yourself.

“I had this idea that if you want to do something or make something, then you should just go and do it and not always ask for permission or wait for advice or help – just go and do your best. That’s what pushed me.

“If I had to offer a piece of advice to someone who wants to work in motorsport – or for life in general – I would say don’t stop. Don’t listen to the people who say that you can’t do it. Just try and you will see what you can do."

Read Delphine's inspiring story in full.

Find out more about FIA Girls on Track