FIA Girls on Track UK joins forces with McLaren Racing

Tuesday 05 December 2023

FIA Girls on Track UK will team up with McLaren Racing as part of its Engage initiative, the British team’s flagship Equity, Diversity & Inclusion programme created to foster a more diverse and inclusive culture in motorsport.

Girls on Track UK is an initiative led by Motorsport UK as part of its own EDI strategy, launched in 2023 to open the sport to underrepresented groups. Girls on Track UK aims to inspire girls and women into exploring pathways into motorsport through a programme of events and mentorship across a networking community of fellow women.

Girls on Track UK joins McLaren Racing Engage’s other strategic partners to drive meaningful and sustained change in the in industry, including Creative Access, Path to the Pits, Smallpiece Trust and Women’s Engineering Society.

McLaren Racing Engage was launched in 2021 to tackle the STEM skills shortage, address systemic inequalities and find new ways to open pathways into motorsport careers. Since then, together with its Engage partners, the team has taken a number of steps towards promoting STEM and F1, including a mentorship programme with female engineers from McLaren Racing, scholarships, STEM days, internship opportunities and a Career Development Bursary.

Together, the collaboration hopes to share learnings and use mutual platforms to advocate for positive change in the industry

Jessica Runicles, Head of Sustainability, Motorsport UK added: “Motorsport UK’s EDI strategy, launched in 2023, guides our work to create a more diverse and inclusive sport. As part of our Legacy and Impact Pillar, FIA Girls on Track UK supports our overarching aims. One of Girls on Track’s main objectives is to expose community members to the wide range of opportunities for employment and participation in the motorsport industry. We are thrilled to partner with McLaren, one of the most exciting – and now diverse – organisations in the business. Through engaging showcase events, networking opportunities and internships with the wider McLaren group, we hope this collaboration will enable even more women to enter motorsport, really shifting the needle in terms of representation.”

Kate O’Hara-Hatchley, Head of Diversity, Early Careers & Development, McLaren Racing, said: “We’re extremely proud of our McLaren Racing Engage programme, the first of its kind in F1 when we launched it, which unites the expertise and networks of these organisations to significantly improve diversity, equity, and inclusion across our industry. We’re passionate about inspiring and supporting future generations of talent from underrepresented backgrounds. A key focus for us is to inspire and enable more women to join the motorsport industry and Girls on Track was therefore an obvious choice for us given the incredible work they already do in this space. Driving an inclusive and diverse team is an ongoing process, but something we are committed to for the long-term together with brilliant partners such as Creative Access, Path to the Pits, Smallpiece Trust, Women’s Engineering Society, and now Girls on Track UK.”

Our reach across five racing series, and our global partnerships network, means. The McLaren Racing Engage alliance of partners are helping us to raise the bar for best practice in our team, the sport, and beyond.