W Series announced on Thursday that the top eight classified drivers in the 2020 championship will receive Super Licence points.
The points will be awarded as follows:
1st place: 15 FIA Super Licence points
2nd place: 12 FIA Super Licence points
3rd place: 10 FIA Super Licence points
4th place: 7 FIA Super Licence points
5th place: 5 FIA Super Licence points
6th place: 3 FIA Super Licence points
7th place: 2 FIA Super Licence points
8th place: 1 FIA Super Licence point
Speaking about the news, W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said:
We’re delighted that the FIA has made the decision to award Super Licence points to W Series’ most successful drivers from the 2020 season onwards, thereby adding to the importance of W Series as a ‘feeder’ series for female drivers who aspire to race in more senior championships.
“Indeed, now that the first eight in the W Series championship will accrue Super Licence points, W Series has become an even more important rung on the motorsport ladder for female drivers whose ambition is to race and one day beat male drivers in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, which is logically the next rung on the ladder for them, and beyond.”
W Series Racing Director Dave Ryan added:
The drivers who competed in the inaugural W Series championship, which took place between May 2019 and August 2019, were not eligible for FIA Super Licence points, but that’s not unusual in the first season of any racing series.
“However, in 2020 that will change. W Series’ FIA Super Licence points allocation is now identical to that of long established and very prestigious race series such as NASCAR, Indy Lights, Formula Renault Eurocup and the World Touring Car Championship, among others.”
Former Formula One driver and W Series Advisory board Chairman David Coulthard said:
Personally, I’m delighted that W series has been further recognised by the FIA via the allocation of Super Licence points, the holy grail in any driver’s aspiration to become a Formula 1 driver.
“Irrespective of where our current W Series drivers may race in future, the FIA’s decision confirms my absolute belief that W series is essential in developing female talent and giving female drivers the opportunity to develop their skills so as to become successful professional racing drivers in the future.
“I would like to thank the FIA president, Jean Todt, for his vision and support ahead of what is only the second season of the W Series championship.”