There has been some very exciting news in Motor racing world, with the launch of a new racing category called W Series which see the top female racing drivers in the world go head to head starting in Spring 2019.
Speaking about the news, advisor David Coulthard said:
“In order to be a successful racing driver, you have to be skilled, determined, competitive,
brave and physically fit, but you don’t have to possess the kind of super-powerful strength
levels that some sports require. You also don’t have to be a man. That’s why we at W
Series firmly believe that female and male racing drivers can compete with one another on
equal terms given the same opportunity.
“At the moment, however, women racing drivers tend to reach a ‘glass ceiling’ at around
the GP3/Formula 3 level on their learning curve, often as a result of a lack of funding
rather than a lack of talent.
“That’s why an all-new all-female single-seater motor racing series is required – W Series
– 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
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newry who is also an advisor to the series said:
“Having worked in international motorsport for more than 30 years, and having watched
at very close quarters some of the greatest racing drivers of all time – including a number
of Formula 1 world champions – I have a reasonable understanding of the constituents of
a top-class driver’s necessary skill-set. With proper training women are physically strong
enough to tick that constituent.
“The reason why so few women have so far raced successfully at the highest levels
against men may, however, be a lack of opportunity rather than a lack of capability.
“And that’s why I’m so pleased to be involved in W Series, 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 successfully in F1.
Dave Ryan who has joined the series as technical consultant commented saying:
W Series will give more women racing drivers crucial experience in relevant cars on
relevant circuits, so that they may learn not only how to be quick but also how to win, to help them progress their careers beyond the levels that have traditionally been attainable
“More than that, though, we want W Series to be a catalyst for positive change for all
women in motorsport. We want W Series to encourage more girls and young women to
study STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] subjects at schools,
colleges and universities, so as to build rewarding careers as race mechanics, technicians,
engineers, aerodynamicists and so on.”
W Series Chief Executive Officer Catherine Bond Muir commented by saying:
“Having been a busy sports lawyer and corporate financier for the first 25 years of my
career, I had my first baby at 45 and, while taking an extended period of maternity leave,
began to develop the concept of W Series while at home.
“Almost three years later, it’s enormously exciting finally to be able publicly to announce
the inauguration of W Series.
“There are just too few women competing in single-seaters series at the moment. W Series
will increase that number very significantly in 2019, thereby powerfully unleashing the
potential of many more female racing drivers. W Series drivers will become global
superstars – inspirational role models for women everywhere – and every organisation,
every company, every sponsor and indeed every single person who helps W Series’ winners
and champions achieve those ground-breaking successes will be able to celebrate their
part in it, publicly, to lasting worldwide acclaim.
“W Series is an inspiring innovation whose time is now.”