Former Formula One driver John Watson says that he is delighted with the W Series and how it allows female drivers to get into the sport and show what they are capable of doing. The Belfast native said that motorsport in general is very dependent on sponsor and very capital driven but that the W Series has given the 20 drivers competing the platform to show that they can compete in top level motorsport and that it has been a great success.
Paddock Eye asked Watson about the route into motorsport for young female drivers he said that for him when he started it was slightly easier for him as his father was involved in motorsport and the motor industry.
He hopes that you young girls who are here watching the race at Brands Hatch says that they would like to get involved in the sport and think to themselves I will apply for the series and they have to start with the dream and desire and he said it has to be the most important thing that they want to do and that it is a goal for so many young girls who had a dream and they now have a path way and it that it is a dream.
Paddock Eye also asked Watson about his former team McLaren who announced this weekend that they will enter the NTT IndyCar Series full time in 2020 with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and he said that McLaren have a long heritage and history and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Watson felt that their return to the Indianapolis 500 this season was a disaster. The Northern Irishman believes that the key to the McLaren SPM partnership is the engine deal with Chevrolet and he believes that his will be beneficial to the team as it is the slightly more powerful engine of the two available in the NTT IndyCar Series and he believes that this avoids the awkwardness that would have existed had they gone with Honda power.
Watson also believes that Fernando Alonso’s comments about Honda did not help the relationship between McLaren and Honda and it opens up the avenue for him to return to the race Indianapolis Motor Speedway if it is something he would like to do.
Watson believes however that McLaren need to focus on their Formula One programme however he pointed out that McLaren are no longer a Grand Prix team they are a manufacturer and they have a big presence selling their production cars in the US and with the NTT IndyCar Series an American sport it is a marketing tool.
Watson believes that the NTT IndyCar Series should not distract the company from their core business which is returning the Grand Prix team to where it was during Ron Dennis’ time with the team.
Watson said with their Formula One programme it is a building process and with their two young drivers they will help the team work together and he hopes that the team get back to where they should be.