Brit Alice Powell joins Envision Virgin Racing as the team's official simulator and development driver, to aid the team with testing and development work, race preparation and commercial activities.
The 28-year-old tested with the team in 2020 at the official Season 6 Rookie Test. Powell currently competes in the W Series championship, which she joined in its inaugural 2019 season. In that time, Powell has scored four podium finishes and a victory at Brands Hatch on the way to third in the standings. This season, she currently sits at the top of the Drivers' table.
Powell was the first female driver to win a Formula Renault championship in 2010, and the first woman to score points in GP3 Series in 2012.
“I am really happy to be joining the Envision Virgin Racing team”, said Powell. “I have already worked with quite a few of the guys when I did my Rookie Test in 2020 and I am super excited to be part of such a fantastic team. I’ve seen how hard everyone works at the factory and to have this opportunity to help the team, who have a great driver line-up as well in Robin (Frijns) and Nick (Cassidy), is incredible.
“We have a great car and great drivers, and I am very proud to be able to support the team in the simulator and contribute to the results.”
“I am delighted to welcome Alice to the team; we have already seen her performance and what she can deliver during the Rookie Test she did with us and are very pleased to have her on-board," said Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO at Envision Virgin Racing.
“She brings with her a lot of skill, determination, and some fantastic experience behind the wheel. I have no doubt that she will constitute a very valuable asset for us, and the team is looking forward to working with her."