Female racing category, W Series to to support Formula One throughout the 2021 season at eight different race venues in a new partnership.
W Series will serve as support races to F1 at eight different races throughout the 2021 season with dates and venues to be announced in due course.
Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Bond Muir released a statement in which the W Series is said to be “absolutely delighted to be partnering with Formula 1 for 2021 and beyond.”
On whether there will be any changes to the series after their enforced one-year sabbatical due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Bond Muir said; “Everything that made W Series 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.”
Bond Muir also spoke of the series wanting female racing drivers to view the category as an important step, saying; “… 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.”
This decision comes as F1 continues its aim to make the sport more diverse in a variety of ways which impressed Bond Muir and W Series, saying; “We are very grateful to Chase Carey, Ross Brawn and their colleagues for having faith in W Series, and for prioritising diversity and inclusion in this way…”
Managing Director of Motorsport, Formula 1, Brawn also commented on this announcement, saying; “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.”
The move to include W Series as support races comes less than a week since Formula Two and Three announced that they would no longer race on separate weekends as support categories to F1, with both of their calendars having being released on Tuesday.