Hamda Al Qubaisi is an Emirati racing driver who currently races in F1 Academy for MP Motorsport. She is one of the most promising talents in the new all-female series.
Hamda has won her first race in Valencia and scored the most points in the second round. She is also the younger sister of Amna Al Qubaisi, who is also competing in F1 Academy, and the daughter of Khaled Al Qubaisi, a successful businessman and racing driver.
Read about Hamda and how she is proving to be one of the most promising finds of the 2023 F1 Academy
Hamda Al Qubaisi – Family
Hamda was born on 8 August 2002 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She comes from a family that carries speed in their veins.
Her father, Khaled Al Qubaisi, is the CEO of Real Estate and Infrastructure Investment platform at Mubadala Investment Company. He is also an accomplished figure in UAE motorsport.
Khaled Al Qubaisi has won the Dubai 24 Hours three times and has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
He is also the founder of Daman Speed Academy, a karting school that aims to develop young Emirati drivers.
Her older sister, Amna Al Qubaisi. Amna is also a racing driver who made history as the first Emirati and female racer to compete in the Formula 4 UAE Championship in 2019.
She also drove in the following series
- Asian F3 Championship
- Formula Regional Asian Championship
- Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine.
She also joined Hamda at MP Motorsport for the inaugural F1 Academy season in 2023.
Hamda and Amna have a close relationship and support each other on and off the track.
They are also proud to represent their country and inspire other girls to pursue their dreams in motorsport.
Hamda Al Qubaisi – Education
Hamda started her education at New York University Abu Dhabi. She continued with her schooling in Italy until October 2021.
Hamda decided to focus on her racing career and moved to Spain with her sister to be closer to their team’s base.
She balances her studies with her training and racing commitments, and hopes to complete her degree in the future.
How Hamda Al Qubaisi Became Involved in Motorsport
Hamda’s passion for motorsport started at a young age. She used to watch her father race and visited his garage.
Hamda began karting in 2015 and was the first Emirati to be invited to the FIA-sponsored CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy in 2016.
She finished third in the IAME X30 Championship in 2017.
Hamda Al Qubaisi In F4
Hamda made her single-seater debut in 2019, driving in Italian F4 with Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema team. The team is run in cooperation with the Iron Lynx structure.
She joined her sister Amna, who was already competing in the series.
She returned for a full campaign in Italy with Iron Lynx in 2020 and claimed two points finishes.
In 2021, she won three races on home soil in the United Arab Emirates’ F4 series and finished fourth in the standings.
Hamda also took part in the Italian F4 Championship again and achieved a historic podium at Misano. She became the first woman to do so in the championship’s history.
Hamda added three more points finishes and ended the season in 17th place.
She also stepped up to Formula Regional Asian Championship with Evans GP and Formula Regional European Championship with Prema Powerteam, gaining valuable experience at a higher level of competition.
Hamda Al Qubaisi In F3
She was selected to take part in testing the FIA Formula 3 car on 16–17 September 2022, alongside three other women at Magny-Cours.
How Hamda Al Qubaisi Was Selected for the 2023 F1 Academy
Hamda was one of the drivers announced for the inaugural F1 Academy season. A new all-female series that aims to provide a platform for women to showcase their talent and progress towards Formula 1.
She joined MP Motorsport, a Dutch team with decades of expertise in junior categories.
Hamda impressed from the outset, scoring points in both races of the opening round at Bahrain.
She then stunned everyone by winning her first race of the season at Valencia. She started from pole position and led the race from start to finish.
Hamda also finished fourth in the second race, scoring the most points of the weekend and launching her title bid. She is currently second in the standings, only four points behind the leader.
She has shown remarkable speed, consistency and resilience, especially after recovering from a serious arm fracture that required surgery in February 2023. Hamda missed only one round of testing and was back in the car 75 days after the operation.
Hamda Al Qubaisi Racing Career Summary
|2019||Italian F4 Championship||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||6||0||0||0||0||0||42nd|
|Formula 4 UAE Championship – Trophy Round||Abu Dhabi Racing||2||0||0||0||0||N/A||NC|
|2020||Formula 4 UAE Championship||Abu Dhabi Racing||19||3||7||6||12||258||4th|
|Italian F4 Championship||Abu Dhabi Racing||19||0||0||0||0||3||25th|
|ADAC Formula 4 Championship||Iron Lynx||3||0||0||0||0||0||NC†|
|2021||Formula 4 UAE Championship||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||19||3||0||2||7||221||4th|
|Italian F4 Championship||Prema Powerteam||21||0||0||0||1||24||17th|
|ADAC Formula 4 Championship||Prema Powerteam||6||0||0||0||0||0||21st|
|Formula 4 UAE Championship – Trophy Round||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||6th|
|2022||Formula Regional Asian Championship||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||15||0||0||0||0||0||28th|
|Formula Regional European Championship||Prema Racing||15||0||0||0||0||0||38th|
|2023||Formula 4 UAE Championship||Yas Heat Racing Academy||15||0||0||0||0||12||20th|
|F1 Academy||MP Motorsport||9||1||0||3||4||94*||2nd*|
She has also received praise and support from her team, her family and her fans, who admire her determination and talent. She is determined to keep improving and fighting for the championship, as well as making history as the first Emirati woman to race in F1 Academy.
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