Alice Powell

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Alice Powell
Alice Powell Oulton Park 2009 (1).JPG
Nationality British
Born (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 24)
Oxford, England
MRF Challenge career
Debut season 2015-16
Car no. 11
Starts 4
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2013
2012
2009, 2011
2010
2010
2009
2008
F3 Cup
GP3 Series
Formula Renault UK
Ginetta G50 Cup
Formula Renault BARC
Formula Palmer Audi
Ginetta Junior Championship
Championship titles
2010
2014
Formula Renault BARC
Asian Formula Renault Series
Awards
2010
2011
BWRDC GoldStars Award
BWRDC GoldStars Elite

Alice Powell (born 26 January 1993 in Oxford) is a British racing driver. In 2010, she became the first woman to win a Formula Renault championship and in 2012 became the first woman to score points in the GP3 Series.

Racing career[edit]

Formula Renault[edit]

Powell was born in Oxford, England. She learned to drive at the age of six, and started her career in karting two years later.[1] In 2009, at 16, she drove in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship, becoming the youngest female driver in a Formula Renault race.[2] Powell finished the year as runner up for the Young Star Award at the Women of the Future Awards.[3] She was also awarded the British Women Racing Drivers Club GoldStars 'Elite' category Award.[4] Powell set a record in the fourth round of the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Championship by becoming the first woman to win a Formula Renault race in the UK,[3] and later in the year became the first woman to win a Formula Renault championship.[5] During the 2010 season Powell's race engineer was Sarah Shaw. Powell and Manor returned to the Formula Renault UK championship in 2011, but failed to win a race and finished the season in 9th place in the championship.

GP3 Series[edit]

On 16 April 2012, after only two test days in the GP3 car, it was announced that Powell would drive for the Status Grand Prix team in the 2012 GP3 Series.[6] On 9 September that year she finished 8th in the 2012 Monza GP3 round sprint race, and in doing so became the first female points scorer since the inception of the GP3 Series in 2010.[7]

Formula 3[edit]

Powell competing in the MSV F3 Cup at Brands Hatch in 2013.

Powell joined F3 Cup for 2013 having been unable to continue in the GP3 Series.[8] She took part in the opening round of the 2013 British Formula 3 season at Silverstone, driving the Mark Bailey Racing run Dallara F306, which she also raced in the MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup.[9]

In the 2013 MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup, Powell finished second in the championship behind Alex Craven, having won five times during the season including three of the first four races.

Formula 1[edit]

On 12 November 2014 Powell was reported as trying to raise funds to drive a Caterham Formula One car, in a free practice session at the end of season Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[10] The Caterham team had gone into administration in October 2014 and had not attended the previous two Grands Prix.[11] It was later reported that Powell had abandoned the idea as it was unlikely that the appropriate superlicence could be obtained.[12]

MRF Challenge[edit]

Powell signed up to compete in the first race of the 2015-16 edition of the MRF Challenge. At the first round in Abu Dhabi, Powell scored four top ten finishes out of four races, with a best finish of eighth in the final race, after being out of single seaters for nearly a year.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Powell was included in the BBC series 100 Women.[14]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Tockwith Motorsport/Muzz Racing 24 0 0 0 4 326 9th
2009 Formula Renault UK Manor Competition 20 0 0 0 0 88 18th
Formula Palmer Audi Motorsport Vision 3 0 0 0 0 33 25th
2010 Formula Renault BARC Manor Competition/Hillspeed 12 2 2 0 7 288 1st
Ginetta G50 Cup Tockwith/CDR 17 0 0 0 0 163 16th
2011 Formula Renault UK Manor Competition 20 0 0 0 0 258 9th
2012 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 16 0 0 0 0 1 19th
2013 MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup Mark Bailey Racing 18 5 1 11 8 396 2nd
British Formula 3 National B Class Mark Bailey Racing 3 2 2 3 2 N/A N/A
GP3 Series Bamboo Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 0 31st
2014 British Formula 3 International Series Carlin Motorsport 3 0 0 0 1 16 15th
MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup Mark Bailey Racing 4 2 1 1 4 116 11th
Asian Formula Renault Series FRD Racing Team 11 4 4 1 8 242 1st
2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 MRF Challenge 4 0 0 0 0 9 18th

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2012 Status Grand Prix CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

11
MON
FEA

11
MON
SPR

22
VAL
FEA

18
VAL
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

17
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

19
HOC
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

20
SPA
FEA

18
SPA
SPR

12
MNZ
FEA

12
MNZ
SPR

8
19th 1
2013 Bamboo Engineering CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
YMC
FEA

19
YMC
SPR

20
31st 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "F1 is Alice's wonderland". The Oxford Times. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gloucestershire racer Alice Powell sets another record". BBC News. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Award for teenage racing driver". BBC News. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Female racing driver honoured". BBC News. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Alice Powell wins Formula Renault BARC title". Girlracer. 18 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Status Grand Prix sign Alice Powell". GP3Series.com. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ellinas wins as Evans becomes Champion". GP3Series.com. GP2 Motorsport Ltd. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "GP3 racer Alice Powell signs up for 2013 F3 Cup". MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup. Motorsport Vision. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "British F3 lines up for super Silverstone start". British Formula 3 Championship. Stéphane Ratel Organisation. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Alice Powell hopeful of Caterham F1 debut in Abu Dhabi". BBC Sport. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Caterham F1 manufacturer goes into administration". BBC Sport. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Caterham to race in Abu Dhabi finale after fundraising success". BBC Sport. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Abu Dhabi MRF Challenge: Fittipaldi wins finale, Calderon beats Reddy for second". motorsport.com. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Who are the 100 Women 2014?". BBC. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kieren Clark
Formula Renault BARC
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Dino Zamparelli
Preceded by
Julio Acosta
Asian Formula Renault Series
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Dan Wells