Brisbane university student Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 19, has a passion for fast cars, especially Ferraris: “I just became enamoured with these beautiful machines.’’
Brisbane university student Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 19, has a passion for fast cars, especially Ferraris: “I just became enamoured with these beautiful machines.’’ Paul Harris

Muslim girl chases F1 driver dream

AS dreams go, Yassmin Abdel-Magied has one that is peculiar and very particular - to be the first female, Muslim, formula one racing driver.

"Everyone thought it was a phase," she says with a laugh. It wasn't. She got the bug for fast cars while watching a movie about six years ago and hasn't stopped dreaming about them since.

Ferraris are her favourite but any muscle cars will do. The 1960s Corvette Sting Ray, for instance. Anything fast, really.

"I just became enamoured with these beautiful machines, the capacity they have. It's just fantastic," Ms Abdel-Magied says.

She admits people are sometimes surprised to hear this kind of blokey passion from a conservatively-dressed Muslim woman who arrived from Sudan with her parents as a toddler and spent her early years at a Brisbane Islamic school.

Read the full story at Brisbanetimes.com.au.


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