Aseel Al Hamad has raced in different race tracks around the world but has never turned a wheel in her home country. Sound’s weird? That’s because Saudi Arabia only officially lifted the ban on women driving on 25 June 2018.
Aseel, who is the first female board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation and Saudi Arabian representative at Women in Motorsport Commission for Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), joined Jaguar in a lap of honour on a race track in her home country to commemorate this historic moment. She got to do it in style too, behind the wheel of a Jaguar F-type.
Jaguar is also taking this opportunity to call for 24 June to be known as World Driving Day – a day when finally, the whole world can enjoy the thrill of behind the wheel of a car.
Aseel said: “Having loved cars since I was a child, today is highly emotional for me. This is the best driving moment of my life. What better way to kick off World Driving Day than a lap of honour in my home country in a Jaguar F-TYPE – the ultimate car to roar around the track. I hope people around the world will share in our joy today by sharing their most memorable driving story using #WorldDrivingDay.”
Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson, Fiona Pargeter, Customer Experience Director comments: “It’s easy to forget and take for granted the enjoyment of driving and just what a privilege it is to get behind the wheel of a car. World Driving Day is a commitment from Jaguar to celebrate this key moment annually for both men and women. This year, we’re really excited to collaborate with the brilliant students from Saudi Arabia to shape the future of mobility for people around the world.”