Meet Sneha Sharma, Formula 4 South East Asia Racing driver, who is also an Indigo Airlines flight commander.
Sneha Sharma is an Indian racing driver who competes in Formula 4 National Racing Championship, she is also professionally a Pilot with IndiGo Airlines . She did her education from the Conossa Convent School in Mumbai and flying training from San Francisco, Miami in USA and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
She has been racing since the age of 16. At the age of 17 she raced in the MRF National karting championship while pursuing her high school and flying studies. In 2010 she graduated to cars from karts and has also competed in the JK Tyre National racing Championship. Sneha secured a second position in her 4-stroke category at the JK Tyre National Karting Championship 2009 and was also the only girl to qualify for the final round of the KCT of the MAI National Karting Championship. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Volkswagen Vento Cup and The Toyota Etios Cup in India.
Sneha Sharma was given the title of India’s fastest female Racer after securing top 5 position in the Mercedes young star driver program. Because of not having a sponsor or a strong economic background, the teachers who taught her about basics of braking and cornering were simple mechanics and Sneha has performed various jobs at the race track to subsidise her racing fee. As of today Sneha receives sponsorship for her racing career from JK tyres and Indigo airlines. She has also been offered racing seats in Germany and Malaysia.
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Which came first in your life? Aviation or Motorsport and do you see any similarity in the two disciplines?
Racing came to my life first , through go karting now I race formula cars, flying I chose at age of 16, both require quick decision making, fast reflexes, knowledge on machine, and responsibility
If not for monetary limitation which of the three types of racing would have liked to have pursued karting,single seaters or saloons and why?
I pursued formula cars while doing some racing in 2014, as my passion is in them , I think those cars give a real feel for racing with more options for engineering inputs
Pursuant to the previous question which category did you enjoy competing in the most and why?
I enjoyed racing n wining ladies cup 2019 for the F4 south East Asia championship, driving ford engines 1.6. with mygale chasis
Was your family supportive in your choice of careers and how much significance would you attribute to this?
They were very supportive for flying, racing not so much as it was considered a dangerous sport by them
Do you have a favorite road car?
I like the Mercedes E63 AMG
What sort of relationship do you share with fellow competitors and is it possible to build friendships in a competitive sport as racing?
I have had close friendships and comradeships in racing especially in my initial years in sport , when I used to work on track with the team I raced for to fund my racing.
How relevant is it to have a separate category in racing for women especially in India as compared to the West?
WIM and category for women is surely a great way to encourage more women in a sport which was earlier considered mainly male dominated.it should surely encourage more women to enter the sport
Will it take more time before the average Indian psyche is capable of accepting that men and women are equally capable of success in a single unisex grid of drivers or are we to wait for a broadening of female talent pool at the grassroots ?
Whenever i have raced especially since I joined JK Tyres as my sponsors i have had lot of acceptance as a sole competitor gender no bias, and while attaining 31 international podiums from some 37 races I participated in 2019, gave me a more global outlook as well, the support I received from India during my drive, made me realise we are much closer than before to consider men and women as equal competitors 🙂