KEY POINTS

  • W Series to be undercard in United States and Mexico Formula 1 Grand Prix
  • Jamie Chadwick, current W Series champion set to compete
  • Ross Brawn, F1 managing director endorses diversity 

The female-only W Series is going to feature as an undercard to two races in the Formula 1 2020 championship.

The races at the Mexican and United States Grand Prix in 2020 are going to be the climax to the W series second season.

They are going to represent the final two rounds of the eight-round series. The inaugural season was in 2019, where Jamie Chadwick, development driver at Williams, won.

The United States race takes place on October 24th this year on the Saturday of the F1 meeting at Austin’s circuit. The Mexican round is going to take place a week later at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The move to include the W Series as an undercard to the Formula 1 championship is a significant vote of confidence for the new series set up in 2019 to raise the profile of motorsport among women.

The last woman to race in F1 after qualifying was Desire Wilson.

She was also the only woman to win a Formula 1 race after claiming victory at the British Aurora F1 championship.

Lella Lombardi also scored half a point after a sixth-place finish during the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.

Racing during a Formula 1 weekend has the probability of enhancing the W series standing, and it is going to bring the attention of thousands of fans at the track.

The Austin and Mexico city races happen to be some of the best-attended events of the Formula 1 calendar.

Ross Brawn, the managing director for Formula 1, stated they are convinced that the sport has to offer equal opportunities for both men and women.

He added that it was no coincidence improving the diversity of the F1 grid by supporting and promoting the talent from under-represented backgrounds is one of the strategic goals in mind.

Catherin Bond Muir, the chief executive officer of the W Series, stated they are delighted that in the second season, the championship has been welcomed by Formula 1.

The two all-new races are meant to follow six on the DTM platform, which makes for a varied and exciting international eight leg championship. The first race of the W Series is scheduled to take place on May 30th in St Petersburg, Russia.

Muir claimed she is pleased that W Series is now staging races outside Europe, and the US and Mexico are great markets for the W Series to debut.

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