What is W Series?
Here's everything you need to know about the ground-breaking racing series.
W Series is a racing series that first took place back in 2019. It was designed to give more women the opportunity to get into motor racing to build the world’s most popular and inclusive female sporting series that inspires and empowers females to be a part of motorsport on equal terms with men. In the process, W Series hope to create a platform to accelerate gender equality the world over.
W Series drivers are selected purely on their ability and the series’ cars are mechanically identical, which means that W Series races and championships will be won by the most talented drivers, rather than those with the wealthiest backers.
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Where will W Series take place?
The 2021 Season sees W Series make history again as it will race alongside Formula 1 at eight Grand Prix weekends.
Those eight races will be held at the following venues: two rounds at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, followed by Silverstone, the Hungaroring, Spa, Zandavoort, the Circuit of the Americas and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico.
This year, eighteen drivers will be taking part, with the possible appearance of one or more of the reserve drivers. In no particular order, the drivers taking part in W Series 2021 are:
Abbie Eaton, Alice Powell, Jamie Chadwick, Beitke Visser, Vicky Piria, Irina Sidorkova, Sarah Moore, Sabre Cook, Jessica Hawkins, Marta Garcia, Nerea Marti, Ayla Agren, Bruna Tomaselli, Emma Kimilainen, Fabienne Wohlwend, Gosia Rdest, Belen Garcia and Miki Koyama.
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How many Points are on offer?
Points for each race will be awarded as follows for the finishing position of the drivers:
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Where Can I Watch?
If you're in the UK, you can watch all the races live and free on Channel 4. If you're outside the UK, then check out this handy guide below to find out where you can watch:
So there's the nuts and bolts of what you need to know about W Series ahead of the debut of the second season this weekend. To find out more, check out and join the W Series Tribe here on DriveTribe and head over to the W Series website.
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