Angélina Favario is a French racing driver currently competing in the French Formula 4 FFSA Championship. She’s also the only woman driver on the French F4 grid this year. We spoke to her about her career so far and her advice to young fans watching.
Interviewed by Janvi Unni, Edited by Bruna Brito
Angélina, have you always been a fan of motorsport?
No! I actually only discovered the world of motorsport when I was 13 years old.
When did your racing career begin?
My racing career began when I started karting in 2016 at 13 years old.
What are you looking forward to the most about racing in F4 this year?
I can’t wait! I hope to make good progress as much as possible this season.
How does it feel to be a woman in a male – dominated sport?
It feels good, yeah, thanks for asking! Seriously though, it’s hard but it’s why I love the competition. Winning against men makes it all the more worthwhile.
Is racing in Formula One your end goal?
Yeah! It definitely is.
What have you learned in your career so far?
Anything is possible! You just have to believe in your dreams. The road will be long and you will have to make many sacrifices but it will be worth it.
What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment till date?
I would say that my biggest accomplishment so far is my 3rd place trophy at the Ligue Rhône – Alpes in 2018.
Can you tell us a little about your association, ‘Angélina Favario Sport Automobile’?
Yes! My association aims to promote women in motorsport and in other male – dominated sports. I especially meet young children and adolescents and testify to my career. Women have their place in motorsport as in other fields! I am very open to this subject. It’s important to talk about it.
And finally, what advice do you have to young girls who aspire to be racing drivers someday?
We are so strong girls! Impose yourself and show everyone who you are. Never give up even when it gets difficult; why should we hide our talents! Let’s do this together!
Follow Angélina on instagram and Twitter @angelinafavario1