Bianca Bustamante to Compete in 2024 Formula Winter Series in Spain

Filipina rising star Bianca Bustamante will return to racing for the first time in the new year, confirming her entry in the 2024 Formula Winter Series with Spanish-based GRS Team in preparation for her second F1 Academy season. The 19-year-old driver is set to compete in the first 3 of 4 rounds in the championship, with her first weekend taking place at the Circuito de Jerez from the 9th to 11th of February. Bustamante will then travel to Valencia from the 16th to 18th of February for the second leg of the series, before the third round at Aragon from the 1st to 3rd of March.

Ahead of her debut in the Formula Winter Series, the Philippine driver took part in several two-day tests at Jerez, Valencia and Aragon, familiarizing herself with the team, car and circuits. The Formula Winter Series gained significant attention following its inaugural season and will boast a large and competitive field, making it an ideal platform for Bustmante to regain her competitive edge as she competes against an international roster of both male and female drivers. In support of the campaign, the McLaren Racing Driver Development programme has assigned renowned racing driver and coach, Warren Hughes, to work alongside Bustamante throughout the Formula Winter Series to prepare for her coming season.

The first round of the series kicks off this weekend in Jerez. With its rich history of hosting races like Formula 1 and MotoGP, the Circuito de Jerez is a legendary track known for its unique combination of long straights and tight corners.

Bustamante’s debut in the Formula Winter Series would not have been possible without title sponsor Lance East Exotics, who will be supporting the 19-year-old throughout her 2024 campaign once again. The championship will be available for broadcast via the official website and YouTube (Saturday / Sunday).