Milla Sjöstrand is one of Sweden’s two participants competing for the coveted Ferrari Driver Academy seat and a season in Formula 4 in the Rising Stars program, developed by the FIA. There will be a shootout at Paul Ricard in October, where 12 drivers will be selected to undergo karting and F4 training. After that, 4 drivers will train with the FDA. One of those could be awarded a contract with the driver academy.
Milla started karting in 2015 and has won several trophies in the Mini karting class. In 2020, she graduated to the OKJ class. In January, the Swedish Rental Karting Championship took place, where Milla raced against 13-16-year-olds, while only being 11 herself. On top of that, she has raced in the Swedish Championships and finished 3rd in a rental kart race just 2,5 weeks ago.
We asked her some questions and she told us about the shootout, combining racing with school, and her ultimate dream (no surprises there 😉)
When did you know you wanted to become a racing driver?
When I tried a racing kart for the first time, when I was seven years old, I knew I wanted to do it.
What is your ultimate goal to achieve within motorsport?
I want to race Formula 1. They are the fastest cars and faster is more fun!
How do you combine your racing with school, friends and other hobbies? Do you spend a lot of time training and preparing for races outside race days?
School is very important to me and I put in a lot of effort in that. I also do horseback riding and spend time with my friends. During the summer I have to prioritize races of course, but it’s no different from anyone doing sports that take a lot of time. When I was younger I was also doing rhythmic gymnastics and it was around 12 hours every week when I was 10-11 years old.
What are your expectations of the shootout at Paul Ricard?
I think I will learn a lot and it will be fun to meet all the other girls. I hope I will do a good impression and show what I can do.
Who is your biggest (motorsport) icon?
I don´t really have any idols, but I like Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton. I also follow our Swedish drivers in Indycar, Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson.
The shootout at Paul Ricard is on 12 and 13 October.