Doriane pin joins Mercedes junior program as she enters F1 Academy

Doriane pin joins Mercedes junior program as she enters F1 Academy

Doriane Pin is set to join the Mercedes F1 team’s junior program and enter the F1 Academy for the 2024 season.

Mercedes has officially announced that Doriane Pin has joined their Junior Program for the 2024 campaign. Pin will represent Mercedes in the F1 Academy with the backing of Prema Racing. 

In recent years, Doriane has established her career in endurance racing.The Parisian is a part of the innovative Iron Dames initiative, a platform that is dedicated to promoting and empowering women in motorsports.

Pin made her debut in a single-seater last year when she raced in the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship. She impressed everyone with her exploits, winning a race and placing second overall.

Having made appearances in the FIA World Endurance Championship for 2023, the Iron Dames racing program member is the first female recipient of the prestigious “Revelation of the Year” Award.

Pin was thrilled to compete in the F1 Academy with the backing of Prema Racing.

“I am incredibly happy to join the Mercedes Junior Programme and to represent the team in F1 Academy this year with Prema Racing,” Pin said in a statement posted by Mercedes on their official website.

“A new chapter begins, and I am proud to make this next step in such a prestigious team and with the Iron Dames project. I am grateful for their trust and honoured to race for their colours.

“Moving into single-seaters was a clear objective for my career, and to be in this environment is a great approach. I am working very hard to reach the top level of this sport and I cannot wait to go racing.”

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Doriane advanced from karting and won the support of the Iron Dames after winning the 2019 French Championship. She finished on the podium five times in the Le Mans Cup in 2021 and followed with a career-defining year in 2022 when she won nine out of 14 races in the Ferrari Challenge Europe.

She also won the famed 24 Hours of Spa and led in the GTE-AM class after a record victory in the European Le Mans Series season finale.

After enjoying the success, the driver decided to take part in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023, partnering with former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat and Mirko Bortolotti in the LMP2 class.

“Doriane is an exciting talent and we’re pleased to begin our participation in F1 Academy with her as our chosen driver,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said.

“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.”

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