W Series the all female racing category heads to the Silverstone circuit, the home the British Grand Prix this weekend for round three of the 2021 season.
The first two races have been dominated by British drivers with Alice Powell taking victory in the opening race of the season in Austria while defending W Series champion Jamie Chadwick took victory in the second race.
The Silverstone circuit holds special memories for W Series Advisory Board Chairman and former Formula One driver David Coulthard who won in Silverstone twice.
Silverstone is a great all-round challenge for a racing driver and a circuit which gets the heart racing because it is so fast and flowing. The layout has changed a bit since I won there in 1999 and 2000, but it continues to reward drivers who really commit to the lap. I can’t wait to see W Series’ drivers attack it, and the 30-minute plus one lap race format lends itself to overtaking as there is simply no time for holding back. They will all be raring to go after producing some great racing at the first two rounds in Austria, and the capacity crowd at Silverstone will put an extra spring in their step. It will be a weekend the drivers never forget, particularly for the six Brits on the grid, and I’m delighted that Abbi Pulling is among them to make her W Series debut at her home race. Giving opportunities to talented and hard-working young drivers is what W Series is all about.”
Scuderia W driver Sarah Moore commented saying:
It’s going to be an incredible weekend. It’s one thing racing at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, but to get the opportunity to race on the biggest weekend of the year in support of the British Grand Prix will be something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I’ve raced at Silverstone a few times before and have done quite well there, so I’m hoping I can repeat that this weekend. I don’t like the slower, stop-start circuits, so the flowing, rhythmical nature of Silverstone suits me. However, it is also very technical in places and if you get it wrong it can cost you a lot of lap time.
“This will be the biggest race of my career so far. To come away from the first two rounds of the season in Austria and be second in the championship means there is more pressure on me now, and that will go up another notch in front of my home crowd. But my approach will be the same – I went to Austria with a cool head which helped me stay relaxed before the races and I’ll need that at Silverstone as it will be such a big occasion. Mentally and physically I’m in a much better place than I was in 2019 and I hope that pays off again this week and gives me another good result to keep me in the hunt.”
Racing X driver Jessica Hawkins commented saying:
“I got my first experience in a Formula 1 car at Silverstone a few years ago when I drove some high-speed demonstration laps at the Silverstone Classic in a 2011 Sauber C30. I hadn’t been in a single-seater since driving a couple of British Formula 4 rounds in 2015. It was an awesome experience and completely blew my mind. This week I will be pinching myself when I return to Silverstone with W Series and so many people are watching us. I have been lucky enough to do some really cool things in my career but supporting the British Grand Prix might top the lot and I’ll be giving it my all.”