W Series, the all-female single-seater racing category is all set for the 2021 season as they prepare for their first race in over a year as they join the Formula One circus next month in Austria. The series was in Anglesey, Wales this week for pre-season testing and speaking following the action, race director, Dave Ryan said:
“It’s been a great few days in Wales and we have achieved a lot in a relatively short space of time. The cars performed well and the few mechanical issues we had were all easily rectified – it’s good to experience those things now as they will help us prepare better for the start of the season which is what a test week is all about.
“The weather was so good at the start of the week that we did more mileage than we thought we would over the first two days. All the drivers were keen to make the most of the track time and pushed themselves hard as they have had limited track time since our last race in August 2019. There have been a few surprises in terms of individual performances and, while the extreme weather disrupted our running at the end of the week, all the drivers will travel to Austria feeling confident.
“I’d also like to thank the support and race teams who have done a fantastic job, both in the lead up to the event and on site all week, and coped with everything that was thrown their way. I have nothing but praise for their professionalism. It is really nice to be amongst a great team of people who know what racing is all about and just get on with it.”
Emma Kimiläinen, 31, Finland (2019 W Series race-winner) said:
It’s so cool to be back in the W Series paddock and this week in Wales has sent my excitement levels for the season through the roof. I haven’t been in a single seater since the last race of the 2019 W Series season, but I’m used to long breaks out of the car and I’ve got back up to speed quickly this week. I’ve enjoyed every second working with the engineers and mechanics and feel like I could race tomorrow, which shows how good the preparation has been.
“The Anglesey Circuit is elevating, narrow and technical, which are all things I like as they remind me of Nordic circuits, so I’ve felt at home and enjoyed looking at the amazing coastal scenery during my cooldown laps.
“The goal this season is to win the W Series title. This week has shown how much strength in depth we have on the grid in 2021, so if I can come out on top when it is this competitive, victory would be even sweeter. I am sure this season will bring lots of tough, tight and exciting racing and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Miki Koyama, 23, Japan (Finished seventh in 2019 W Series season) said:
“I’ve really enjoyed the last few days in Anglesey. The circuit is short, but it is a tough test with lots of undulations. I was nervous at the start of the week because I haven’t spent time in the F3 car since the last race of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch but, with the help of my engineers, I feel like I’ve learned how to get the best out of the car again. My pace has improved each day and I feel good for the season ahead.
“I will be nervous again when we go to Austria for the first race next month because I want to be the W Series champion. I am so excited and determined to do my best this year.