I am training as a Formula 1 driver-and have just passed my exam
A 17-year-old from Britain who wants to get into Formula 1 has just passed her driving test, which allows her to drive on public roads.
Chloe Grant from Perth wasn’t even allowed to drive alone a few days ago, but now she can throw away the L license plates and drive to the track herself.
The overjoyed teenager was recently selected for a top F1 academy and immediately after her test went to France to pursue her dream job as one of the world’s top racing drivers.
Chloe had learned to drive when she was just 13 but apparently needed a handful of driving lessons to get used to the demands of the test, reports bbc.co.uk
However, she was delighted to pass on the street for the first time after just a week.
Chloe said: “Because of my test, I wasn’t nervous until the appointment moved closer.
“The only thing I was concerned about before the class started was the oncoming cars, something I didn’t have to consider on the track.
It is not surprising that Chloe’s driving instructor Alan High said that it was the first time that he taught a prospective F1 driver.
He said, “My greatest concern before we started was whether I could keep it at a reasonable speed?
“And what I said is that while she’s driving on the road, she’s not wearing a crash helmet, so she’s not in race mode.
“Hopefully she therefore thinks that we have to be on the safe side instead of driving at full throttle.”
Chloe is part of the F1 Academy series and competes alongside fellow drivers Lena Buhler and Carrie Schreiner with French team ART Grand Prix against four other racing outfits.
The first series of F1 Academy starts this month in Austria with further events in Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, France and the United States.
Chloe left school last year and enrolled at Loughborough College to study the Motorsport UK Academy’s Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE).
Knockhill Racing Circuit events manager Stuart Gray said he first became aware of Chloe’s abilities when she competed in a karting event aged just 13.
He said: “There was something about her talent and approach, which differed from the other children we had here.
“And I think that was recognized by the F1 Academy that she has the potential to make it to the end.”
He said: “Max Verstappen in Formula 1 was world champion before he was able to drive on the street.
“It’s going to be a strange thing for them.
“In one day she drives 220 km/h on the track, on the next 20 km/h through Perth.”
Chloe said that membership in the F1 Academy “made her dreams come true”.
She said: “My ultimate goal is Formula 1, I want to show that girls can do it there.
“It’s really down to the support and the small number of us who have the real talent to get there.
“I hope it inspires more women to get involved in this sport, it’s my whole life now and I absolutely love it.”
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