W Series locks in eight F1 support races
Thursday 12th November, 2020 - 6:38pm
The 2021 W Series season will see eight support races with Formula 1, organisers of the all-female open-wheel series have announced.
W Series was to have supported this year’s United States and Mexico City Grands Prix before the season was cancelled altogether, but will have a greater presence with the world championship next year.
The identity of those grands prix is yet to be announced, but the development is being billed as a ‘partnership’ with F1.
“After such a successful inaugural season (2019), we at W Series are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Formula 1 for 2021 and beyond,” said CEO Catherine Bond Muir.
“Formula 1 is by some margin the world’s premier motor racing series, and, when we promised that W Series would be bigger and better in the future, partnering with Formula 1 was always our ultimate objective.
“There is no doubt that, now that W Series will be run alongside and in collaboration with Formula 1, our global reach, impact and influence will be increased significantly.
“Everything that made W Series so popular and successful in 2019 will remain. The cars will be identical, the racing will be close and competitive, and our mission will always be to further the interests and prospects of female racing drivers.
“We want W Series to entertain, and entertain it will.
“But we also want it to become a crucial default-option stepping stone for any female racing driver who wants to carve out a professional racing career, and our proximity to Formula 1 will help and enhance that process.
“The fact that W Series is now eligible for FIA Super Licence points will also be an important factor in that regard.
“We are very grateful to (F1 CEO) Chase Carey, (F1 sporting chief) Ross Brawn and their colleagues for having faith in W Series, and for prioritising diversity and inclusion in this way, and we intend to help them drive forwards their excellent #WeRaceAsOne programme this year and in years to come.”
Brawn, the Managing Director of Motorsport, Formula 1, added, “We are excited to announce our 2021 season this week and look forward to a thrilling season with an exciting mix of new races and established circuits that we missed during our unprecedented 2020 season.
“It is a really important moment for us to welcome W Series as partners for eight races this season. They have been a beacon to many since they began racing in 2019.
“We believe it is incredibly important to give everyone the chance to reach the highest levels of our sport and their partnership with Formula 1 next season shows our determination and commitment to showcase their exciting series and the importance of building greater diversity across the sport.”
Jamie Chadwick won the inaugural W Series title in 2019, when all six rounds supported the DTM.