Last week W-Series launched. It divided opinion amongst drivers and fans. I’ve remained silent on this, until now.
W-Series, set up in association with David Coulthard, Dave Ryan, Adrian Newey and Catherine Bond Muir, is a series just for female racing drivers such as Simona De Silvestro, Jamie Chadwick, Flick Haigh or Charlie Martin.
With a 6 race calendar spanning across Europe, free entry and a $500,000 prize money for the winner it aims to promote female racing drivers and give the drivers in the series the opportunity to rise further in the echelons of motorsport to Formula One.
The series has received mixed reactions from drivers. Indycar driver Pippa Mann and Hillclimb champion Charlie Martin are against the series whilst BRDC F3 race winner Jamie Chadwick and GT4 Driver Stephane Kox are positive about the series.
I think the series is a good idea and deserves to be taken seriously given it will be using the 2019 Tatuus Formula 3 machinery and shine a light on the quickest female drivers in the world whilst providing a useful platform for them to progress in the sport.
However I do think that the reward for winning the series is insufficient.
Instead of money the reward should also include a place on a Formula One driver programme and three Free Practice 1 appearances with that team during the following season. The Formula One team in practice would change each season e.g. one year it would be Ferrari and then Renault for example.
Whilst this may sound like some may lose out if they were to go to Sauber or Williams, remember the close ties teams like Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault have with their customer teams.
Let me know if you agree.