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New All-Female ‘W Series’ Aims To Get Women To F1
October 10, 2018
The inaugural W Series season will commence in the spring of 2019 and will encompass several races run on some of the most well-known circuits in Europe, most of which have staged Formula 1 races for many decades.
New All-Female ‘W Series’ Aims To Get Women To F1

Officials have announced an all-new, ground-breaking and free-to-enter single-seater motor racing series for women drivers. The inaugural W Series aims to get women to the pinnacle of racing, Formula 1, and will have a prize fund of US$1.5 million.

The inaugural W Series season will commence in the spring of 2019 and will encompass several races run on some of the most well-known circuits in Europe, most of which have staged Formula 1 races for many decades. The W Series schedule also aspires to include races in America, Asia and Australia in forthcoming seasons.

The W Series will provide identical cars for 18-20 drivers, all of whom will have entered and passed a rigorous pre-selection program/examination involving on-track testing, simulator appraisal, technical engineering tests, fitness trials, and more. The successful applicants will then be given a thorough training program centering on driving techniques, simulator exposure, technical engineering approaches, fitness, media skills and more.

A group of experts with decades of Formula 1 experience will assist the program: David Coulthard (multiple Grand Prix winner); Adrian Newey (one of the most successful Chief Design Engineers in modern Formula 1 history); Dave Ryan (40 years’ Formula 1 experience in team management with the McLaren and Manor Formula 1 teams, as well having run his own GT racing team Von Ryan); Matt Bishop (15 years’ experience as a journalist and editor in Formula 1, followed by 10 years’ experience heading up McLaren’s communications, content, media and PR operation in Formula 1).

The official announcement included the following statement:

At the heart of W Series’ DNA is the firm belief that women can compete equally with men in motorsport. However, an all-female series is essential in order to force greater female participation. W Series is therefore a mission-driven competition, the aim of which is not only to provide exciting racing for spectators and viewers on a global scale, but also to equip its drivers with the experience and expertise with which they may progress their careers, racing and honing their skills in W Series before eventually graduating to existing high-level mainstream racing series.