Richard Mille is teaming with Birel ART to launch the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy, an avenue for young people to get into F1 racing.
Since its creation in 2001, the Richard Mille brand has partnered with famous sportsmen like Rafael Nadal (tennis), Bubba Watson (golf), Alexis Pinturault (skiing) as well as racing drivers Alain Prost, Sébastien Ogier, Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Charles Leclerc, among others.
Birel ART is a bicycle-maker turned kart maker that will help Richard Mille supply racing equipment to young people.
The operation will offer twenty or so young kart drivers from around the world the opportunity to try their luck in single-seater cars for free. All that is required to participate is to drive a Birel ART, a Ricciardo Kart or a Kubica in competition and to be selected by an importer.
At the end of the season, the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy will bring together the candidates at the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet.
The contenders will spend two days being evaluated on their physical and mental abilities, as well as their driving skills in FIA F4 single-seaters.
The panel, composed of specialists, will then designate the winner, who will have the opportunity to launch his driving career by competing in the 2019 FIA French F4 Championship.
F4 is seen as an introductory level racing scene, above that of kart racing, but not F1 level yet. F4 often leads onto F3, followed by F2 and finally F1 racing.