Wonder Special Series: Bianca Bustamante Explores The Road Less Driven
In the last few years, people have started to show more interest in motorsports—blame it on Netflix, social media or pretty boy racers. But the last few months have put this interest into overdrive thanks in large part to Bianca Bustamante, whose F1 Academy wins have not only put herself on the podium, but have put the spotlight again on Filipino female athletes who dominate in traditionally “masculine” sports.
Bianca made headlines after joining F1 Academy’s Prema Racing last February and winning her first title in May at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain. She then took her second win—making back-to-back podium finishes—in Italy in July. But this isn’t where her story starts.
“Coming from the Philippines, it was always difficult to get into [motorsports],” she says. “[My start] really came from my dad, who was a former karter.” Bianca then went on to explain that she had her own racing suit by the time she was a year old, and was on a go-kart by the time she was three. She was working out at the age of seven while the rest of us were playing in friend’s houses and watching movies. She admits that she didn’t have a normal childhood, but that she knew even then that she wanted to be a professional racing driver.
She shares: “That passion, [my dad] passed to me.”