Sisters on F1 fast track
Amna and Hamda are taking the karting world by storm
It was just three years ago that Khaled Al Qubaisi made history for the UAE when he became the first Emirati to compete at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Now it is the 40-year-old’s daughters who are making headlines thanks to their exceptional driving skills.
Both Hamda, 14, and older sister Amna, 16, are excelling on the UAE karting scene, regularly winning races in what has often been seen as a maledominated sport.
Amna became the first Emirati female to finish on the podium at the Rotax Championship and is keen to promote karting among young women.
“Racing is such a male-dominated sport that to be the only two Arab females racing pushes us to take our racing further on the global stage,” said Amna. “In motorsport, anything can happen on the day of the race.
“Finishing on the podium felt incredible, and proved to me that the years of hard work and stepping up for myself really paid off.
“There may be few women participating in the sport right now but in karting, everybody is equal on the track.
“Everybody faces challenges – anything can happen, anyone can win.
“We believe that if you have a dream, you should hold onto it, be brave and try your hardest. We want to raise more awareness about motorsports and encourage more people to try it out, especially women.” The sisters are clearly dedicated to the sport, combining their studies with training four days a week. They are determined to stay race fit and that means a combination of weight training, running and CrossFit. But the hard work will be worth it if either of the duo – who are sponsored by Huawei – complete their ultimate goal of becoming an F1 driver.
“This season, I really want to work my way up in motorsports – get onto more podiums and represent my country at more races,” said Hamda.
“Karting is such an exciting sport. Every day is about training, learning and improving to be the best racers we can be.
“It is all about facing new challenges and how well you deal with them. Another great part about karting is the opportunity to travel around the world and meet different competitors.
“F1 is an amazing global platform for karting, and competing on that stage would be an incredible achievement.”
With younger brother Mohammed, seven, also excelling in karting, the Al Qubaisi family are a force to be reckoned with in the world of motorsport.