Reese Witherspoon, Netflix Team for 'F1 Academy' Series


Netflix is delving deeper into the world of Formula 1 racing, with an assist from Reese Witherspoon.

Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is producing a docuseries called F1 Academy, which will chronicle the women-only developmental division of the racing circuit. The series is currently in production and is slated to premiere in 2025.

F1 Academy will join Formula 1: Drive to Survive in Netflix’s stable of sports-doc programming.

“We started Hello Sunshine to change the narrative for women, and [managing director] Susie Wolff and F1 Academy are doing just that by creating new opportunities in the thrilling world of motorsport,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “As these dynamic and fearless drivers break barriers behind the wheel, we are excited to partner with Netflix to tell the stories of these powerhouse leaders. What we know is that when we put women at the center, people show up to watch.”

Formula 1 founded F1 Academy in late 2022 and ran its inaugural season last year. The aim is to develop younger women drivers who can then move up through the ranks of the sport. Wolff, a former professional driver, heads the program.

“We want to be the rocket fuel that drives female participation in our sport, both on and off the track,” Wolff said. “To have the F1 Academy docuseries launch globally with Netflix is not just a huge step forward in visibility for our mission, but also a resounding statement about the momentum and demand for women’s sport. We want to inspire and empower the next generation of young women, and Netflix will open up F1 Academy to a global audience of existing and future fans.”



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