New ladies' W series aims to find next F1 star

12 Octobre, 2018, 14:25 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Jamie Chadwick

"That's why an all-new all-female single-seater motor racing series is required to establish a competitive and constructive motorsport habitat, in which our drivers will be able to equip themselves with the necessary skill-set eventually to move on up to existing high-level mainstream racing series and compete with the best male drivers on equal terms".

The series ultimate goal is be the launching pad for the world's first female Formula 1 champion. In the first season, there will be 18-20 drivers will which will be behind the wheel of a Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 race vehicle. The championship plans to race in Europe initially before expanding across other continents.

It's free to enter, and its score of competitors will be selected via lots of on-track auditions, simulator tests and fitness appraisals.

The W Series was created by sports lawyer Catherine Bond Muir, who's spent the last three years putting it together, assembling a pretty stellar team that includes former F1 driver David Coulthard; F1 design engineer Adrian Newey; F1 and GT team manager Dave Ryan; and F1 Journalist Matt Bishop. And when the series comes to a close, there will be $1.5 million up for grabs with first place taking $500,000.

British racer Pippa Mann, a victor in the U.S. Indy Lights series and who has competed six times in the Indianapolis 500, declared the latest move "a sad day for motorsport".

Indy 500 veteran Pippa Mann vehemently voiced her displeasure at the introduction of such a championship, describing it as segregation.

"What a sad day for motorsport".

"Those with funding to help female racers are choosing to segregate them as opposed to supporting them", she said on Twitter on Wednesday. "I am deeply disappointed to see such a historic step backwards take place in my life time".

"We don't discriminate in sport based on race, so it is particularly jarring that we feel it is acceptable to do so based on gender in 2018". Instead, the series insisted drivers will compete at some of the same locations where F1 stages races. Women need long term support and trustful partners. "Want to be the best?"

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"Please compare it with economics: Do we need separate Women Management / Advisory Boards? No". Why waste money on a segregation?

"W Series is giving female drivers another platform to go racing", said Chadwick. "It's no secret that motorsport is an incredibly tough industry often dictated by financial factors".

Females hoping to compete in W Series will not have to bring any sponsorship but they will have prove their ability in an intensive selection process to ensure that the grid is full of the best talent possible.

"I'm a racing driver and, if I could, I would race 365 days of the year".

"And that's why I'm so pleased to be involved in W Series, to do what I can to contribute to creating a platform on which women drivers can improve by racing one another and from which they may then springboard their careers forward and, yes, ultimately race and indeed eventually beat their male counterparts". "I'm excited about what's to come". "A great opportunity for female drivers to try and make a step on the ladder and a leap into the sport".

John Watson, former Formula 1 driver added: "I started 152 Grands Prix between 1973 and '85 and won five of them". "The last woman to start a Formula 1 Grand Prix was Lella Lombardi more than 40 years ago, and there has never been a female Formula 1 Grand Prix race victor, let alone a world champion".

"When I was karting as a boy, I raced a few girls who were talented and quick".

"One more tweet on this subject". But, shockingly, it's true.

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