The All-Female W Series Announces Its First Round Of 2021 Competitors

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The W Series, the all-female open-wheel series designed to highlight some of the world’s best woman racers in their progression up the racing ranks, is back for 2021 after a COVID-19-caused pause in 2020. And the first round of 18 competitors has been announced.

These 18 drivers are confirmed to race in 2021, but others could be added in due time, W Series reports.

  • Jamie Chadwick, UK, 22: 2019 W Series Champion, 2015 British GT4 Champion, 2018-19 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Champion, 2021 Extreme E competitor
  • Beitske Visser, Netherlands, 25: 2019 W Series runner-up, former GP3 competitor
  • Alice Powell, UK, 27: 2010 Formula Renault BARC Champion, 2014 Asian Formula Renault Champion, GP3 competitor
  • Marta García, Spain, 20: Former kart and Formula 4 racer
  • Emma Kimiläinen, Finland, 31: Former Formula Ford and Scandinavian Touring Car racer
  • Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein, 23: Former Formula 4, Audi TT Sport Cup, and Ferrari Challenge driver
  • Miki Koyama, Japan, 23: Former F4 Japanese and Asian Championship competitor
  • Sarah Moore, UK, 27: 2009 Ginetta Junior Champion, 2017 and 2018 Britcar Champion
  • Vicky Piria, Italy, 27: Former Formula Abarth, GP3, Pro Mazda racer
  • Tasmin Pepper, South Africa, 30: Former Formula Ford South Africa, Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa, and Formula Vee racer
  • Jessica Hawkins, UK, 25: Former British Formula Ford and Mini Challenge UK racer
  • Sabré Cook, USA, 26: Former SCCA National Championship Runoffs, USF 2000, Indy Pro 2000, Formula 4 United States competitor
  • Ayla Ågren, Norway, 27: 2014 F1600 Champion, former USF2000 competitor
  • Abbie Eaton, UK, 28: 2009 Production Touring Car Champion, 2014 Mazda MX-5 Supercup Champion
  • Belén García, Spain, 21: Winner of the F4 Spanish Championship Female Trophy
  • Nerea Martí, Spain, 18: Former kart racer and Formula 4 Spain competitor
  • Irina Sidorkova, Russia, 17: 2018 Russian Circuit Racing Series National Junior Champion, Formula 4 competitor
  • Bruna Tomaselli, Brazil, 23: Former Formula 4 Sudamericana, Formula 4 Brazil, and USF2000 competitor.

One of the biggest changes made to the 2021 W Series is the fact that several races are going to take place during Formula One race weekends. The W Series race weekends are as follows:

  • 26 June: Le Castellet, France
  • 3 July: Spielberg, Austria
  • 17 July: Silverstone, UK
  • 31 July: Budapest, Hungary
  • 28 August: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
  • 4 September: Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 23 October: Austin, USA
  • 30 October: Mexico City, Mexico

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Jamie Chadwick still being around is a bit worrying. She was the obvious champion going into 2019, probably shouldn’t even have been on the grid and been in F3 instead, but she definitely shouldn’t be around now. Her still being around theatens to waste the only current chance of having a relevant female driver in a major championship, and raises questions about what WSeries management is doing, wasn’t the champion supposed to be awarded a FIA scholarship to fund an F3/F2 season?