W Series has confirmed that their season 2 championship decider will take place with a doubleheader race weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas over the Formula One United States Grand Prix weekend which takes place over the weekend of October 23 and 24.
The announcement comes due to the logistical challenges posed by the date change of the Mexican Grand Prix, meaning that there will be no Mexican W Series event in 2021.
Speaking about the new schedule, W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir commented saying:
“We are, of course, disappointed not to be able to conclude our 2021 season at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico, where support for W Series and our mission is very strong. However, the changes to Formula 1’s calendar would have resulted in a standalone W Series race there, which would have been logistically impossible for us.
“Our focus now shifts to Austin, Texas, USA, and what promises to be a spectacular season finale at the Circuit of the Americas for W Series’ first races outside of Europe, and first race on a Formula 1 Grand Prix Sunday. COTA always puts on a great show and the circuit has provided countless dramatic on-track moments over the years, so I am delighted that we will have a double-header there. It will be a fitting way to end our breathless and action-packed eight-race season, and promises to be a very special weekend as we celebrate everything that W Series stands for and the giant strides we have made since launching three years ago. If you had told me then that we would stage two races on the same weekend at one of F1’s flagship events in just our second season, I would have pinched myself.
“W Series’ drivers have produced lots of wonderful racing already this year, seizing their opportunity to shine on motor racing’s greatest stage. I know they will be going flat out again at COTA where everything will be on the line and a grandstand finish to the season is guaranteed with Alice Powell and Jamie Chadwick level on points at the top of the championship standings.