Alice Powell is a name you should already be familiar with but in case you haven't heard of her, I'll bring you up to speed.
After starting in karting at the age of eight, In 2009 at the age of 16 she became the youngest ever female driver in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship. Following on from successful seasons in 2007/2008 in both the Ginetta and BRDC Stars Of Tomorrow Championships, in which she achieved eight podiums, she managed to out qualify former Formula One driver Martin Donnelly in the Ginetta G50 at Oulton Park. Not content with those accolades, she made history when she became the first female to not only win a Formula Renault race, but with 2 wins, 7 podiums and 2 pole positions, win a Formula Renault Championship.
I have been fortunate enough for the racing sensation to be so gracious as to take some time to answer some questions.
What has been the most memorable moment in your time so far?
It has to be when I won the championship in 2010. It was a great effort by my team, sponsor and me. It is a fantastic feeling!!
What's your favorite track to race on?
I love Thruxton. It is where I won the race to win the championship in 2010. I have great memories from there. It is also very different from your “usual tracks” like Brands or Oulton Park.
What are the three key qualities you need to do your job well?
Personal qualities have to be determination, passion and of course skill. But money is vital for you to progress. With no money then no racing.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I would say Lewis or Jenson. Even Paul Di Resta has done brilliantly.
What first sparked your interest in this particular field?
I was always interested in the sport. None of my family had anything to do with Motorsport, which is unusual.
What's the best part of your job?
Working with fantastic people and to have the opportunity to race fast cars, which I thoroughly enjoy.
What would you say is the worst part of the job?
Trying to find the sponsorship is very hard.
How do you prepare for the night before a race?
Any routines or rituals? I make sure I have a chilled evening, a good healthy meal and an early night!
In your career to date who would you say is the best driver you've competed against? I have competed against many great drivers! The list would be too long!!
What's the best advice you've received in regards to your career so far? It would be to never give up, no matter what happens.
You're aim is to become the first successful British woman to compete for the F1 title, how do you propse to do this and do you think you're achievements so far put you in good standing?
I think my achievements will help me, as I was the first female to do them. The main thing is the backing. Having a fantastic investor or sponsor is vital to help anyone, including me, to get to F1.
With the recent announcement from Marrusia of a female reserve driver, do you feel it will serve to raise your own profile further?
I think it will help, as people will become aware of more girls in the sport.
What are your expectations for 2012?
For 2012, I hope to be racing in something! I have a few things I am hoping to race in. I hope for some success.
You've met a number of stars so far, who did you enjoy meeting the most?
The stars like Lewis, Jenson etc, who I have met are very friendly!
What do your family and friends about your achievements?
They are so supportive and help me a lot. They are very proud of what I have managed to achieve.
What would be your ultimate driving experience?
To drive I F1! That is my dream and it would be fantastic if I reached that.
If you would like to know more about Alice or how you can help her accomplish her dream, please visit her website http://www.alice-powell.com/
find her on twitter www.twitter.com/alicepowell