- 20 entrants, Aashi Hanspal first from left, below [Copyright: FIA]

Aashi Hanspal named most impressive new driver by FIA WIM jury in Rising Stars

The lone Indian did not make it to finals but was named as most impressive.

The FIA Girls on Track Rising Stars programme kicked-off this past week at Paul Ricard in France, where Aashi Hanspal was one of the 20 participants - the lone from India. The entrants were welcomed at Winfield Racing School, where they got their mandatory gears on Day 1.

They then had their seat fitting done in the Praga karts as the girls were split into six groups where they went through all the safety briefings devised by the 321 Perform group. They were told about the physical and mental demands along with how to handle media.

It was followed by track familiarisation where they undertook hot laps around the 964 km circuit, with coaches helping them. The second day saw the girls show their skills on track as well in workshops. The track action saw them divided into two groups.

They got the chance to demonstrate their learnings which included warm-up, qualifying, super pole shoot-out and a 15-lap race in their Praga karts. It is here where Hanspal did not make it in the Top 12 list, selected for the third day's programme.

However, in the day-end briefing, Hanspal was named as the 'most deserving and impressive new driver' by the FIA WIM jury. The special appreciation was followed by a letter from Michele Mouton. She also won two all-weekend paddock passes for a F1 race of her choice for 2021.

The following day saw four more bow out to make it eight finalists from Training Camp 1. The Training Camp 2 will start next month at Paul Ricard, as from among those, one will be selected to be part of the Ferrari F1 Driver Academy and also compete in F4 in 2021.

Travel photo/video can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/aashihanspal

[Image courtesy: FIA]

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