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What is W Series?

Here's everything you need to know about the ground-breaking racing series.

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"Central to W Series’ mission is the idea that if you can see it, you can be it."

W 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.

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.

Who's driving?

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.

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.

What do you think of W Series? Will you be watching this weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments (36)

  • Great news that I'll be able to watch it on Indian TV! I'm going to follow the season for sure.

      3 months ago
  • Why can’t men enter this series? All the cars are the same. A man won’t make one of these cars go any faster because they are a man. Are we really saying that when all the cars, costs, circuit, tyres, fuel, pit support etc are all equal, a man will be faster than a woman? I don’t believe it myself. I mean, if one of the current women drivers transitions to become a man, will they drive more quickly? Nah.

      3 months ago
    • Men can't enter this series because plenty of other racing series are available to them, e.g Formula 3 (where they have the same cars and more or less everything else).

      W Series was designed and created specifically to showcase the talent...

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        3 months ago
    • Every single series is open to men and women. Apart from this one. I understand where you are coming from, but I don’t think this is the solution. You say it is a showcase for women to show their talent. But actually it will be a showcase for the...

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        3 months ago
  • Why is W Series? We're talking about equality while doing segregation in motorsport... A woman's neck will NOT break from the G-forces in an F1 car!

      3 months ago
    • Segregation like this wouldn't be necessary if there were equal opportunities available to both men and women in motorsport. Do you think the reason we haven't seen a woman in an F1 race for the last 40 years is because none of them are...

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        3 months ago
    • Hear Hear

        3 months ago
  • Is it fun to watch?

      3 months ago
    • Oh yeah, it's got some awesome wheel to wheel racing from start to finish.

        3 months ago
    • That’s great to hear maybe I consider watching it I thought it would be boring because in endurance racing female only racing teams lack a lot of pace compared to the others but maybe it’s different when it’s only women

        3 months ago
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the first season (despite some initial hiccups) so I am definitely looking forward to this season - hopefully more people will get on-board and, with the racing taking place alongside the F1 action, some of the F1 teams will take note of the talent that for too long has been overlooked..

      3 months ago
    • Would be nice if the F1 teams took some more notice, especially if new teams are also looking at coming into F1 and want some new drivers...

        3 months ago