F1 Academy Driver Bianca Bustamante: “I’ll make it to F1”

F1 Academy Driver Bianca Bustamante: “I’ll make it to F1”

F1 Academy Driver Bianca Bustamante: “I’ll make it to F1”

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When I think back to being 19 years old, I have vivid flashbacks of nights out in my local nightclub (if you could even call one very sticky dance floor a club), One Direction posters on my bedroom wall and a Pinterest board full of very bad tattoo ideas — a far cry from the life of 19-year-old F1 Academy driver, Bianca Bustamante who, in a serious “pinch me” moment, I got the chance to speak to this week.

To put my personal driving skills into context, the way I used to know I’d reversed far enough out of my driveway was when I had physically hit the bin shed at the bottom. Luckily, thanks to TfL, I never really drive anymore. However, what I may lack in personal driving skills, I make up for in my complete and utter obsession with Formula 1 and more recently, F1 Academy.

As a true believer in “anything men can do, women can do better” I’ve been following the all-female racing series since its inception in 2023. An initiative launched by Formula 1, the F1 Academy is a single-seater championship featuring 15 drivers across five teams. This year, not only has Scottish racing driver Susie Wolff stepped in as managing director and makeup mogul Charlotte Tilbury signed up as the official sponsor, but all 10 Formula 1 teams are representing a driver on the grid as well. ART Grand Prix driver Bustamante is represented by McLaren for the 2024 season.

Whether you know anything about the sport or not, I bet images of yachts in Monaco, Rolex watches and the world’s biggest celebrities spring to mind. It’s not only the lack of opportunities for women that have previously stopped young, female drivers breaking through, it’s also the financial element as well. “That’s why the F1 Academy is so important,” Bustamante tells PS UK. “Young drivers, like me, come straight from karting where financially I could never afford a seat in F4. It’s allowing us to start somewhere and hopefully make it to Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1.”

As if being an F1 Academy driver wasn’t inspiring enough, Bustamante is also the first female driver to join the McLaren Driver Development program, something she’s dreamt of since a young age. “I just never thought it would be a reality,” she says. “Lewis Hamilton is one of my heroes as well and he started at McLaren.”

Still a teenager, Bustamante packed her bags and moved across the world for this opportunity, proving her commitment to the sport. “Imagine bringing this young girl from the Philippines across the world and all of a sudden living this type of life. It is quite incredible,” she tells PS UK. But she’s not just doing this for herself, she’s doing it for the younger generation of female drivers as well. “I feel like it doesn’t just open doors for me, but for every aspiring young girl and boy who dreams of being a racing driver but doesn’t come from a very wealthy background”.

According to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, women now make up 40 percent of the F1 fanbase but the sport hasn’t actually seen a female driver since 1992, something Bustamante is ready to change. “It’s not just like, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll make it to F1 one day.’ It’s ‘I will make it to F1 one day,'” she says without stuttering. However, the young driver understands it’s going to take more than just her dedication to reach the top, including a tough training regime. “You need to get every edge you can,” the McLaren driver explains. “Before getting in the car, I have to make sure that I’ve eaten enough protein. That’s why it’s so important to have the support from different brands like Optimum Nutrition.”

Off the track, Bustamante reveals that she’s working closely with a sports psychologist to look after her mental health as well. “Confidence is everything,” the driver tells me. It’s only as we’re getting candid about the pressure she feels day-to-day that I realise just how young 19 really is. “I’d say I’m still very much a teenager, so I get scared, I get nervous, I cry, I get emotional,” she says and I have to say, it’s very admirable.

“I think the best advice I’ve been given is to never fear failure. You can fear anything. You can fear crashing, you can fear not winning, but failing? You should never fear it.”

To add to her accomplishments, Bustamante is also the third most followed female driver on the planet with over 2.8 million followers across TikTok and Instagram. “You know, racing is my first love and I’m sharing my love story with the whole world,” she says. Her advice for dealing with any negative comments? Don’t fixate on them. She likes to take a moment to acknowledge how it made her feel without bottling it down and just ignoring it. After she’s done that, she can move on in a happier, healthier state of mind.

As our time is coming to an end, it’s the part where as a journalist it’s my duty to throw in a slightly questionable-but-entertaining question which is how I wound up finding out that Bustamante doesn’t actually watch TV. When I asked the driver what her Real-Housewives-style tagline for the F1 Academy Netflix documentary would be, she reveals she “feels guilty after watching TV”. She says: “You watch one episode and then you’ve watched the whole season in the span of two days and then you’ve done nothing.” A-ha! *punches the air*. So I DO have something in common with an F1 driver!

And finally, as a McLaren fan, it felt only right to see if Lando Norris had given her any words of advice. Not only is Norris her gym buddy at the McLaren Technology Centre, he’s also given her some first-hand tips for racing around the difficult circuits. “He was telling me about the change of asphalt and dealing with dirty air which is obviously very insightful,” Bustamante reveals.

But it’s McLaren F1 team principal Andrea Stella who’s really taken her under his wing: “He’s like my favourite person, well, everyone’s favourite person. I love Andrea. He’s super Italian, and he’s so McLaren. He’s so calm and composed and I feel safe when I’m talking to him.”

And with that, it was all too much for little Chloe Dunn (iykyk).

Bianca Bustamante was speaking on behalf of Optimum Nutrition, the Official Sports Nutrition Partner of McLaren Racing.

Chloe Dunn is a senior social content producer at PS UK. With more than six years of experience in social media marketing, she is always on the lookout for the latest viral buzz. Working across Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Pinterest, Chloe specialises in bringing people together and building global communities online. She has previously worked in the live music industry, including at a major record label and for the UK’s biggest group of music venues.

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10 Most Sustainable Travel Destinations

Embarking on a journey that embraces both wanderlust and environmental consciousness is a trend that’s gaining momentum. If you’re seeking to explore the world while minimising your ecological footprint, look no further.


Taking a proactive stance in response to the evolving environment, Scotland took the remarkable step of hosting COP26 in 2021. Pioneering change, it was the first country globally to endorse the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency initiative, encouraging the tourism sector to minimise its carbon footprint. With everything from commercial solar panels for warehouses and data centres and more to offshore wind, Scotland is one of the greenest places you can visit.

The spotlight on rewilding has attracted visitors to the breathtaking grandeur of the highlands, with the nation’s Green Tourism certification scheme serving as a guide to recommended destinations.


Nestled in the heights of the Himalayas, Bhutan, an isolated Buddhist kingdom, stands out for its unique pursuit of measuring gross national happiness. This small nation’s carbon neutrality is unparalleled worldwide, and its cautious approach to controlling visitor numbers stems from a concern that an influx of tourists could mar its pristine landscapes. The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature safeguards the integrity of the stunning glacial valleys, aided by a network of ecotourism farmhouses that contribute to funding conservation efforts.


Although often overlooked in the realm of European travel, Slovenia boasts a wealth of natural beauty, from the Julian Alps to Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. To fully leverage these assets, the country has invested in creating new trails, enhancing signage, and digitising maps for the convenience of hikers and skiers.


Rwanda’s allure as a tourism hotspot primarily revolves around its rich natural landscapes, notably the mountain gorillas. The government’s emphasis on conserving their habitat in Volcanoes National Park reflects its commitment to preservation. Additionally, community tourism in the Great Rift Valley is championed by establishments such as the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, which aids the local population while transforming former poachers into partners in conservation.


The majority of Finland’s northern landscape is blanketed by forests, with the nation’s air and water being celebrated for their exceptional clarity. Through the establishment of the Sustainable Finland program, the government has reinforced its appeal to eco-tourists. The program steers travellers toward destinations like Lapland’s northern forests, where glimpses of the Northern Lights through the trees are possible.

Much like in the UK where various employee benefits schemes reward cycling and travelling via sustainable means, Finland has good infrastructure and incentives for cyclists and those undertaking more sustainable modes of travel.

Costa Rica

Boasting a diverse range of natural attractions, from mountains to rainforests to coastlines, Costa Rica captivates visitors with its abundant offerings and is increasingly popular with digital nomads, who benefit from its fast broadband services and stunning scenery. The nation has strategically embraced ecotourism, encapsulated in the motto “Pura Vida” or “Pure Life.” Over a quarter of its land is dedicated to national parks, and the country claims around 17% of the world’s animal species. Noteworthy is Costa Rica’s reliance on hydropower for a significant portion of its electricity needs.

New Zealand

Leveraging its remarkable natural beauty to draw tourists, New Zealand has become a global exemplar of sustainability. Geothermal energy, an environmentally friendly power source, accounts for more than a fifth of the nation’s energy consumption. The government’s two-decade-long commitment to prioritising sustainability has solidified its reputation as a leader in green practices.


Like other island nations, Barbados confronts the front lines of climate change. Prime Minister Mia Mottley, a speaker at COP events, is acutely aware of the nation’s vulnerability and is championing a transition toward greener practices. As part of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, Barbados is actively ensuring that tourism enterprises receive the necessary resources to uphold sustainability.


As an island nation, Madagascar has experienced firsthand the dire consequences of climate change-induced challenges, including a famine in its southern region. Its unique ecosystems and wildlife make the country a compelling attraction. There are also initiatives that contribute to awareness by offering volunteerism-focused trips that support conservation efforts.

San Diego, California

Amidst its stunning beaches and reputation as an ecological pioneer, it comes as no surprise that a Californian destination secures a spot on this list. San Diego, situated in the southern part of the state, is leading the way with its Climate Action Plan and burgeoning clean tech job market. The city proudly boasts a zero-waste plan with the ambitious goal of diverting all waste from landfills by 2040. Not only this, but San Diego is on the verge of achieving a remarkable milestone—becoming entirely powered by renewable energy. The city is particularly known for it’s solar capacity, having the second most solar panels on roofs in the entire United States.

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Lily Gladstone approached for more diverse projects post-Oscar nomination – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Lily Gladstone approached for more diverse projects post-Oscar nomination – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Lily Gladstone approached for more diverse projects post-Oscar nomination – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Lily Gladstone has been approached and offered more diverse projects since her Oscar nomination for Killers of the Flower Moon.

Earlier this year, the 37-year-old made history when she became the first Native American woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s movie.

During an interview with Empire, Gladstone discussed the difference between what she used to be offered and what she’s approached for now.

“It’s changed so much. Of course, having a lead role in a Scorsese film is going to change any actor’s career,” she said. “But it’s remarkable… walking into a studio meeting and the studio pitching an action film or a romantic comedy to me without ever saying it’s a Native character, or being done about Native Americans. It’s just as an actor.

“It’s all of the things you dream of for yourself when you first become an actor, but unless they were looking for someone Native, I didn’t see myself getting to play those characters. There’s way more diversity in the things I’m being approached for now and what I’m being offered.”

Gladstone’s upcoming projects include an ensemble romantic comedy and Reed Morano’s drama The Memory Police, which was written by her “favourite screenwriter” Charlie Kaufman.

“I loved getting a call from Reed Morano (about it), who I just fell in love with immediately, and hearing a story which I’m excited about as an artist,” she praised. “It’s a beyond-my-wildest-dream thing that’s coming true, getting to jump into this process.”

The actress will next be seen in Fancy Dance, which debuts on Apple TV+ on 28 June.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco is a vision in leg-lengthening power suit

Princess Charlene of Monaco is a vision in leg-lengthening power suit

Princess Charlene of Monaco delighted royal fans in a Barbie-inspired trouser suit as she visited the maternity ward at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco on Friday. 

The Monegasque royal looked seriously stylish in a Ralph Lauren relaxed blazer in a blush pink shade, paired with the matching straight-leg suit trousers. Charlene, 46, completed the look with a white T-shirt, nude heels, and delicate pearl earrings to round off the elegant ensemble. 

Looking effortlessly glamorous for the engagement, the wife of Prince Albert II styled her cropped pixie cut hair in a sleek straight style, while her makeup looked flawless with a touch of silver eyeshadow, a subtle winged eyeliner, a touch of rosy blush, and an eye-catching pink lip. 

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco official Instagram account shared a series of snapshots from the royal’s visit to the hospital, with the caption that translated to: “Friday May 31, H.S.H. Princess Charlène, Vice-President of the Monaco Red Cross, went to the maternity ward at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre to meet the newborns and congratulate the young parents.”

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Princess Charlene wore a Louis Vuitton jumpsuit that cinched the waist

It’s not the first time this week the royal has impressed with her perfectly put-together outfits. On Sunday, the mother-of-two stunned in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton as she stepped out at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix with Prince Albert. 

The royal couple are regulars at their local Grand Prix, and Princess Charlene looked so chic for the occasion in the waist-defining cobalt blue jumpsuit teamed with black heels and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. 

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2024 © Getty
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2024

The Zimbabwean-born royal’s jewellery also caught the attention of onlookers, and the diamond-encrusted ‘Ombre Blossom XL Hoops’ she wore cost an eye-watering £8,700 (€10,100). 

Prince Albert wore a navy suit jacket with a matching tie, a white shirt, and grey trousers for the occasion, along with a pair of black sunglasses and a Grand Prix cap. He was seen deep in conversation with his former Olympian wife, after shaking hands with Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali on the grid prior to the event. 

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Alex Scott: “Sport is A Better Place With Women In It”

Alex Scott: “Sport is A Better Place With Women In It”

Alex Scott: “Sport is A Better Place With Women In It”

BBC Sports presenter Alex Scott MBE was named Broadcaster of the Year at the second annual Women’s Football Awards, last night, following her stellar TV career and her prowess as professional football player for Arsenal and the England’s Lionesses. Picking up the prestigious award, PS UK was there to watch Scott use the spotlight to deliver an inspirational speech, reminding male allies to support women in sports during the highs and the lows. She told the audience: “As you all know, we’re entering a huge summer of sport and so many women are going to be under intense scrutiny.

“This is where we need our male allies. Not just to celebrate us in the good moments, but we need you to stand up and support us in the hard moments also.” Scott concluded her speech on a poignant note, saying: “Sport is a better place with women in it.”

The former England star is a familiar face in sports media these days, fronting big events like BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the Olympics coverage, and the World Cup for both men and women.

Her bestselling memoir, How (Not) to Be Strong, details her momental impact on football, breaking down barriers as the first female pundit on Match of the Day and making a bold statement by wearing the OneLove armband during the Men’s World Cup in Qatar, where it’s illegal to be gay.

Scott has tirelessly and admirably used her platform to advocate for domestic abuse, LGBTQ+ rights and racism in sport, so her recognition at the Women’s Football Awards is fitting.

The entire evening was filled with inspirational women in sports and was led by Chelsea and England legend Eni Aluko and Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher. Manchester City star Steph Houghton was awarded with the Inspirational Role Model Award after announcing her retirement from football earlier this year, and England manager Sarina Wiegman took home the Coach of the Year award via video link, as she and Lionesses were unable to attend the event because they’re preparing for a Euro 2025 qualifier in Newcastle.

Former Lioness, Jill Scott, who was also unable to attend, previously spoke to PS UK’s Aaliyah Harry at the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, sharing her pride in women finally getting the recognition they deserve in football. She told us: “It’s just so great to see that the women’s game is finally getting recognised as it should’ve been for years.”

Ending the awards ceremony on a high, Kerry Davis, who was the first black woman to represent England, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her by Olympic champion, Denise Lewis.

The Women’s Football Awards were sponsored by female-led supplement brand Nutriburst.

Lauren Gordon is the editorial coordinator at PS UK, where she creates lifestyle and identity content. Lauren has a degree in journalism from University of the Arts London and previously worked as a showbiz and TV reporter at The Mirror US. Lauren specialises in pop culture, hair and beauty, focusing on trends, sharing in-depth tutorials, and highlighting hidden gems in the beauty industry.

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Understanding Lipoma: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment Options

Lipomas are benign, slow-growing tumours made up of fat cells. Although they are generally harmless, their presence can cause discomfort or concern for some individuals. This blog will delve into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for lipomas, with a particular focus on lipoma removal surgery in London.

What is a Lipoma?

A lipoma is a soft, fatty lump that grows under the skin. They are the most common type of benign tumour found in adults and can occur anywhere on the body where fat cells are present. While lipomas can develop at any age, they are most frequently found in middle-aged adults.

Causes of Lipomas

The exact cause of lipomas is not well understood. However, several factors may contribute to their development:

  1. Genetics: There is a strong genetic component, as lipomas tend to run in families. If a close relative has a lipoma, you may be more likely to develop one.
  2. Trauma: Some studies suggest that physical trauma or injury to a specific area can trigger the growth of a lipoma. However, this connection is not definitively proven.
  3. Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as Gardner’s syndrome and adiposis dolorosa (Dercum’s disease), are associated with the development of multiple lipomas.

Symptoms of Lipomas

Lipomas are usually asymptomatic, meaning they do not cause any symptoms. However, they can sometimes lead to discomfort or other issues, particularly if they grow large or are located near nerves or joints. Common characteristics of lipomas include:

  1. Soft to the Touch: Lipomas are typically soft and doughy. They can be easily moved under the skin.
  2. Painless: Most lipomas are painless, though they can become tender if they press against nearby nerves or blood vessels.
  3. Slow Growing: Lipomas grow slowly over months or even years. They are usually less than 5 centimetres in diameter but can sometimes grow larger.
  4. Location: Lipomas can appear anywhere on the body, but they are most commonly found on the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs.

When to See a Doctor

While lipomas are generally harmless, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional if you notice any unusual changes in your body. Seek medical advice if:

  1. The lipoma becomes painful or tender.
  2. The lump grows rapidly or changes in appearance.
  3. The lipoma restricts movement or causes discomfort.
  4. You are concerned about the cosmetic appearance of the lump.

Diagnosis of Lipomas

A doctor can often diagnose a lipoma through a physical examination. They will feel the lump and assess its texture, mobility, and size. In some cases, additional tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions, such as liposarcoma (a rare type of cancerous tumour). These tests may include:

  1. Ultrasound: This imaging technique uses sound waves to create a picture of the lump and can help determine if it is a lipoma.
  2. MRI or CT Scan: These imaging methods provide detailed images of the tissues and can help differentiate between benign and malignant tumours.
  3. Biopsy: In rare cases, a small sample of tissue may be taken from the lump and examined under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment Options for Lipomas

Most lipomas do not require treatment unless they cause symptoms or cosmetic concerns. However, several treatment options are available for those who wish to have their lipomas removed.


If the lipoma is small, painless, and not causing any problems, your doctor may recommend simply monitoring it for any changes. Regular check-ups can help ensure that the lipoma is not growing or causing issues.

Surgical Removal

Surgical removal is the most common and effective treatment for lipomas. This procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, and involves making a small incision over the lump and removing the fatty tissue. Lipoma removal surgery London is widely available, and experienced surgeons can ensure minimal scarring and a quick recovery.


Liposuction is another option for removing lipomas, particularly if they are large or located in a sensitive area. This procedure involves using a thin, hollow tube (cannula) to suction out the fatty tissue. Liposuction may result in less scarring compared to traditional surgery, but there is a higher chance of the lipoma recurring.

Steroid Injections

Steroid injections can shrink the size of a lipoma, although they may not eliminate it completely. This treatment option is less invasive than surgery and may be suitable for individuals who cannot undergo surgery or prefer a non-surgical approach.

Lipoma Removal Surgery in London

For those considering lipoma removal surgery in London, it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon. London is home to many top medical facilities and specialists who can provide high-quality care. During your consultation, discuss your concerns, the procedure, and the expected outcomes with your surgeon. They will guide you through the process and help you make an informed decision.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from lipoma removal surgery is generally quick and straightforward. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days. Aftercare instructions may include:

  1. Keeping the Incision Clean: Follow your surgeon’s instructions for cleaning and dressing the wound to prevent infection.
  2. Managing Pain: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort following surgery.
  3. Avoiding Strenuous Activity: Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for a few weeks to allow the incision to heal properly.
  4. Monitoring for Complications: Watch for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, and contact your doctor if any issues arise.


Lipomas are common, benign tumours that are usually harmless. However, they can cause discomfort or cosmetic concerns for some individuals. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for lipomas can help you make informed decisions about your health. If you are considering lipoma removal surgery in London, consult with a qualified surgeon to discuss your options and ensure the best possible outcome.

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Mahershala Ali in talks for Jurassic World part – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Mahershala Ali in talks for Jurassic World part – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Mahershala Ali in talks for Jurassic World part – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Mahershala Ali is in talks for a role in the new ‘Jurassic World’ film.

The ‘Green Book’ actor has held discussions about joining Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Bailey and Rupert Friend in the latest movie in the dinosaur franchise.

Plot details on the flick – which is set to begin production in London next month – have not been disclosed but Gareth Edwards is directing from a screenplay written by David Koepp.

The film is planned for release in July 2025 and is being produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley through their Kennedy/Marshall banner and the original film’s director Steven Spielberg through his Amblin Entertainment company.

Casting Ali, 50, would be a coup as the Oscar-winning star tends to shun big blockbusters and has a reputation for being selective with his acting projects.

Last month, it was revealed that Johansson is set to produce the movie as well as star in the project, just as Margot Robbie did with ‘Barbie’.

A movie insider told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “Scarlett has been in talks with the studio for months and made it clear that Gareth was her first choice to be the director.

“He wanted a big fee but has now signed. With him being her top pick, she is now far more interested in being part of the movie and her role as an actress and producer is justifiable.”

The new flick is thought to be launching a “new Jurassic era” as returns for the ‘Jurassic World’ trilogy characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are seemingly off the table – although the former hasn’t given up hope of portraying Owen Grady again.

He told Comic Book Resources of a potential comeback: “Hey, never say never. Maybe. Maybe I return. Maybe I don’t. You’ll just have to tune in to find out. I know I’ll be first in line, whether I’m in it or not.”

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