Saudi Arabia’s Aseel Al-Hamad became the first woman of the country to take the wheel as the decade-long driving ban was ultimately lifted from the Middle Eastern nation. Earlier, the women of the country were not allowed to get behind the wheels and had to hire private chauffers for women. Driving the same car which made Kimi Raikkonen won 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it was not only Al-Hamad who made a debut as a driver but it was also a part of a parade French manufacturer’s cars to highlight the return of the race after a 10-year absence, Renault said.
Besides this, Al-Hamad is got behind the wheels ahead of the French Grand Prix on Sunday. She has got an opportunity to drive a Renault Formula One car as she is the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation. She is also an active member of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
Saudi Arabian Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation, to drive the @PaulRicardTrack, in the 2012 @RenaultSportF1 car today ahead of the #FrenchGP.
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— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) June 24, 2018
According to a report in the Euronews, she first drove the E20 as a part of her training on June 5. It was a part of a familiarisation programme, which involved a range of different cars.
Expressing her happiness after being a part of the remarkable change, Al-Hamad said she had loved racing and motorsport from a very young age. She asserted that driving a Formula one is beyond reality for her. She revealed that she has always been a driver and motorsports enthusiast.
She added that its an honour for her to drive a Formula One and that too on the same day when Gulf Kindom ended it decade-long driving policy. Hamad is also working to promote education for women and has been making different strategies to enhance the training of motorsport for women in Saudi Arabia.