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The first Women-Only W Series Races

W Series Testing. Lausitzring, Germany. Sunday 14th April 2019. Copyright, 2019, Colin McMaster/LAT Images/W Series.

 

We all know what Formula 1 Series is but what is W Series? writes Geraldine Herbert

 

What is W Series?
W Series is the first women-only racing series

How does it work?
Eighteen female drivers will compete in identical cars in season one (2019).).

When is it starting and where?
The inaugural W Series season starts at Hockenheim, Germany, on May 4 and the season will encompass a number of races run on some of the best and most famous circuits in Europe, most of which have staged Formula 1 races for many decades. In forthcoming seasons the W Series schedule is set also to include races in America, Asia and Australia.

W Series Testing. Lausitzring, Germany. Sunday 14th April 2019. Copyright, 2019, Colin McMaster/LAT Images/W Series.

What is the idea behind it?
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.

 

 

What do you need to know?

The drivers

After a rigorous pre-selection process involving on-track testing, simulator appraisal, technical engineering tests, fitness trials etc, involving the best, fastest and most successful female racing drivers in the world today. Check out the full list here.

The car

The cars will all be identical Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars, powered by identical Autotecnica Motori inline four-cylinder 1.8-litre turbocharged engines, using Sadev six-speed sequential gearboxes, fitted with HALO safety devices.

Read more about the 2019 racer here.

W Series Testing. Lausitzring, Germany. Sunday 14th April 2019. Copyright, 2019, Colin McMaster/LAT Images/W Series.

The circuits

The circuits will be some of the best and most famous in Europe, most of which have staged Formula 1 races for many decades. For the race schedule click here

How can I watch it?

W Series will be broadcast live in HD on Channel 4.

 

Geraldine Herbert

2nd May 2019

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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