Former Formula One driver David Coulthard has told Paddock Eye that the idea behind the W-Series came about when he and and series founder Sean Wadsworth realized that they had an opportunity to effect change.
Speaking to Paddock Eye at Autosport International on Friday morning, the former McLaren and Red Bull driver said that he is excited about the potential for the series particularly with people who they have backing the series such as former F1 Racing Magazine editor Matt Bishop, former F1 driver Alex Wurz, Dave Ryan and Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey.
At the moment, the W-Series will have six rounds in Europe as it forms part of the support series for the DTM and that he is delighted that former F1 driver and DTM Chairman Gerherd Berger is supporting the series.
Coulthard said that the series competitors are in a unique position where they don’t have to bring financial backing and that the financial rewards for winning the series are very high and he hopes that the W-Series will serve as a platform for the drivers to join GP3 or other series and eventually into Formula One or other single seater series.
We asked DC if with there being a strong international presence with the drivers entering the series if there are plans to expand the series outside Europe and he said that he has had conversations with circuits outside of Europe interested in having the series at their track.
The inaugural W-Series season gets underway with the first race of the season taking place from May 3 – 5, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany.