In a historic day for the FIA Women in Motorsports where nine female racers participated in Sunday’s Formula E in-season test, Reem Al-Aboud was the first Saudi female race driver to participate in one of the famous motorsport events hosted by FIA, ABB Formula E at Ad Diryah in Riyadh, the capital city of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Reem tested besides Spanish racing driver Carmen Jorda in the afternoon session for Nissan e.dams who made its debut in season five of the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E street racing. However, the 19-year-old was delighted to take the chance in her home soil, she said: "Being the first Saudi female ever to test the Formula E from the second generation car is an incredible achievement after a long journey of education, practice and improvement with Nissan e.dams it was an honor to finally make to Formula E"
"To me, this is just the beginning of my journey, I’m looking forward and willing to excelling in this field by never stop practicing and improving even more," Al-aboud added.
Al-Aboud has recently competed in a local championship called "Time-Attack" Championship in Riyadh where she set a new record twice in a row in the first Motorsport event, in an event where female allowed to compete alongside men for the first time in the country at Reem International Circuit last month.
Al-Aboud was trained very well in Le Mans, France especially, at the home of a racing school where it provides an additional venue for testing and she said: "I have been practicing at France, Le Mans with Nissan e.dams on the simulator which had the exact same track of the Ad Diriyah circuit"
And when I asked her about her impression on the track itself, she said: "To be honest, at first I thought it was very challenging with the circuit being very tight with a lot of continuous curves. After driving on the real track I found it is the most entertaining track to drive in."
Reem is one of many female race drivers in Saudi Arabia who's aiming to take part in an international event, driving like this car is not an easy task at all, it needs to prove and challenge yourself, it needs a hard-working effort to reach top-rung in motorsport.
On the other side, Aseel Alhamad who's committed to supporting women in motorsport wherever they are especially in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was at the Ad Diriayah EPrix where she was witnessed supporting Reem on her testing day, Aseel is a member of the International Automobile Federation who represents Saudi Arabia at the Women in Motorsport Commission, she's also the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).
Alhamad is a role model in Saudi Arabia for many young girls who do inspire the next generation, the first Arabian woman to drive her dream car, a Formula 1 car in France ahead of France's Grand Prix, however, she accompanies current Saudi female drivers to encourage participating in all aspects of the sport."My mission is to be the voice of all women in the racing world and to work in the federation to qualify the environment for their participation in competition inside and outside Saudi Arabia."
Hosting a successful race of the ABB Formula E championship on the 15th of this month has become a dream come true, however, it was held from the 13-16 December, for the first time in the Middle East in Ad-Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The Championship is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series. For the Season 5 opener in Ad-Diriyah- Riyadh where all 11 teams and 22 Gen2 cars raced in the historic street city. And what made it so special was witnessing a selection of female drivers who set to feature in the Formula E Championship's official rookie test.
"I am proud that we are currently living in a new era of Saudi sport, with Saudi Arabia attracting large and diverse events, which means a lot to us," Alhamad added.