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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 best and most famous 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 best and most famous 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.