Formula 1 could be just a few years away from having its first female driver in over 32 years as Mercedes’ junior, Doriane Pin, won in the United Arab Emirates Formula 4 series at the Yas Marina Circuit on February 10, but who is she?
After finishing second on the track in Abu Dhabi, Pin was promoted to the race victory with her Prema team following a time-penalty imposed upon the driver above her in an incredible weekend for the 20-year-old.
The Frenchwoman had taken pole, set the fastest lap and delivered the win to claim her first ever victory in the series, after Kean Nakamura-Berta jumped the start, to move herself up to eighth in the standings and to third place in the rookies’ championship.
The result attracted international attention, but despite receiving a lot of sudden and recent interest, Pin is no new thing. She has her credentials after enjoying successes in previous motor-racing series begging the question: Can she become F1’s first female driver since Giovanna Amati back in 1992?
Who is Doriane Pin?
Pin began karting at the age of nine and only reached national championships in 2016 but it did not take her long to emerge victorious. Just three years later she won the French Championship (women’s class) before turning her attention to racing cars.
The youngster, who was born on January 6, 2004, in Ivry-sur-Seine, has been signed with Mercedes since January 2024, the team she will represent in F1 Academy, the women-only development series backed by F1.
“Doriane is an exciting talent and we’re pleased to begin our participation in F1 Academy with her as our chosen driver,” Toto Wolff said at the time of signing. “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.”
What is her racing history?
In her first season after karting, she appeared in the Renault Clio Cup placing 14th with 198 points in her debut year. She then tried her hand in brief GT appearances with Iron Lynx before switching to the Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli (Pro) with the same time.
There she claimed nine wins in 14 races with 10 poles and 11 fastest laps yielding 213 points as she won the championship in early 2022 and throughout that year, she proved to be a busy racer showcasing her passion for the sport as she tried seven different racing series including European Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship before heading to the United States.
She competed in the IMSA SportsCar Championship – GTD for three races, producing 550 points to place 42nd out of 71 drivers which included NTT IndyCar winner, Kyle Kirkwood (50th), and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Antonio Fuoco (38th).
Then she attempted WEC in the LMP2 class with Prema and finished ninth after scoring a podium on her debut at the 1000 Hours of Sebring. alongside an ex-Red Bull racer by the name of Daniil Kvyat as they beat their fellow competing Prema team by six points. They even took a class pole at the 6 Hours of Portimao event.
She then became a winner in the South East Asia F4 championship and won the rookie class by eight points despite competing in five fewer races than the runner-up before switching back to IMSA SportsCar and debuting in UAE F4.
Pin will compete in F1 Academy later in 2024 when the series begins in Saudi Arabia from March 7 and will run until December 8 across seven rounds, where she will look to usurp Marta Garcia‘s inaugural drivers’ crown.