The all female W Series driver selection process officially got underway in snowy conditions in Austria on Saturday.

The drivers will undertake 10 modules over the course of the weekend as part of the selection process.

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir commented saying:

Yesterday evening’s welcome session here at the Wachauring [Melk] was excellent – informative and motivational not only for all our qualifier-drivers but also for those of us who have worked so hard to take W Series from idea to reality.

“The speeches given by David [Coulthard], Alex [Wurz]  and Lyn [St James] clearly inspired our drivers, and it was a privilege for all of us to hear them share their experience and expertise.

“Today, the driving exercises began, using road cars rather than race cars, and the snow made them truly spectacular to watch. Equally, the presentation and media skills tests were fascinating, revealing as they were of the drivers’ personalities. I’m no expert when it comes to driving skills – I’ll leave that to David, Alex, Lyn and Dave [Ryan] – but it’s clear that some of our candidates are very impressive communicators.”

W Series test and training International CEO Alex Wurz said:

“Day one [of three] has been both fascinating and revealing.

“Early indications would suggest that, although there are inevitable differences between the drivers’ on-track skill sets, it’s already clear that we have a promising group here, and indeed that some of them have exciting potential.

“The dusting of snow we saw throughout the day made the track very slippery in places, but that only added to the challenge – and anyway it was the same for everyone. Besides, the cars we’re using [Ford Fiesta ST and Porsche Cayman S] work well around this circuit, and if you know how to find it there’s good grip out there regardless.

“We’re therefore getting a very good understanding of the drivers and their skill levels, so let’s see what the drivers – and the weather – bring tomorrow.”

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