The W Series head to Anglesey in Wales this week as preparations get into full swing for the 2021 season which gets underway on June 26 when the W Series serves as the support event for Formula One in Austria for the Styrian Grand Prix.
26 June Spielberg, Austria (in support of the Styrian Grand Prix)
3 July Spielberg, Austria (in support of the Austrian Grand Prix)
17 July Silverstone, UK
31 July Budapest, Hungary
28 August Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
4 September Zandvoort, Netherlands
23 October Austin, USA
30 October Mexico City, Mexico
Chief Executive Officer of the W Series Catherine Bond Muir commented saying:
I am overjoyed that the waiting is finally over and our drivers are back on track for W Series’ second season. If you had told me when Alice Powell won our last race at Brands Hatch that I would have to wait 646 days to see our cars on track again, I wouldn’t have believed you because our first season was such a resounding success.
“The postponement of our second season actually gave us time to accelerate our plans, and we return bigger and better in 2021 and ready for a new era of racing. Today we are just 40 days away from the first race of our landmark new partnership with Formula 1, which demonstrates not only the power of our mission but the excitement of our racing too.
“This week’s pre-season test is essential preparation for the challenges that our drivers will face this season, and a reminder of how tough the season is going to be. I know that every one of them is relishing the prospect of getting behind the wheel of our cars and bringing the W Series mission back to life again.
All 2021 drivers will be in attendance at the test with the exception of Tasmin Pepper who is unable to travel due to restrictions. The following three drivers will also be in attendance at the test.
Abbi Pulling, 18, UK
Gosia Rdest, 28, Poland
Caitlin Wood, 24, Australia
Jamie Chadwick who was crowned W Series champion in 2019, the inaugural season of the championship commented saying:
It is important that I get off to a fast start in Austria next month, so this week’s pre-season test is vital. I have driven at Anglesey once before – in British F3 in 2017 – and the track is perfect for testing so I am sure we will all learn a huge amount over the five days.
“Retaining the W Series title is the goal this season, but it will be tougher than in 2019. The grid has more depth this year and the likes of Beitske Visser have gained lots of valuable experience in other series since the last W Series race nearly two years ago. Beitske will push me hard and be one of my main rivals for the title again.
“Through my work with Prema in the Formula Regional European Championship last year and my development driver role with the Williams F1 team, I have learnt so much about how to approach races and I hope that will make the difference this year. Racing at some of the best circuits in the world will be great, but winning at them will be even better and that’s the aim.
Beitske Visser (2019 W Series runner-up and 2020 W Series Esports League champion) said:
“I can’t wait for the 2021 W Series season to begin and this week’s pre-season test in Wales is the most crucial part of my preparation. I haven’t driven at Anglesey before but, having sampled it on the simulator, it looks like a typical UK circuit – very technical and no run-off areas so that’s good for me.
“I’ve been competing in the World Endurance Championship so I feel like I’m in a good rhythm. Going back to single seaters will require a change of driving style but I’m confident I’ll be up to speed within a few laps. From there, the goal will be to complete as many laps as possible this week so that, when the first race of the season arrives in Austria next month, I can continue where I left off in 2019.
“As a driver, you are always looking to improve and, having finished second in W Series’ first season, there is only one step to go this year and I’m aiming to win the title. If I work hard and make no mistakes, I’m confident of achieving that. I’ve improved since 2019 but others have too. Jamie [Chadwick] is the defending champion and will be up there again for sure.