The W-Series is an all-female single seater racing championship that held it’s inaugural season in 2019 and has currently held one championship which was won by British driver, Jamie Chadwick who took three poles, two wins and a further three podiums. The inaugural season was completely free to enter and the competitors weren’t required to bring any sponsorships. The drivers compete for a total prize fund of $1.5 Million where the series champion takes $500k and the remaining $1 million is divided between the rest of the grid.
The inaugural series saw six race across europe
As we look at the race weekend, the layout is similar to a combination of the 2020 FIA Formula One and Formula 2 layouts. For their practises, it lays between the both as the W Series completes two free practises on the Friday. They then complete their qualifying on the Saturday morning ahead of the race Saturday afternoon. The race lasts for around 30 minutes. This is subject to change for the 2021 season as the W Series will be joining Formula One as one of the support series.
For the series, all drivers use equal-spec Tatuus F3 T-318 single seater racers which feature a turbocharged 1.8 litre engine and six-speed sequential gearbox. The car is also used in Formula 3 in the Formula Regional European Championship. It sports a Carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and holds a fuel capacity of 45.5 litres or 12 US Gallons. The power output is 270hp with a weight of 565kg.
Regarding points, they run a similar system to other racing series. Drivers are also eligible for FIA Super Licence points that would be attributed for the top eight finishers. The series sits on par with the NASCAR Cup, Indy Lights, Formula Renault Eurocup, Euroformula Open, Super Formula Lights, Australian Supercars and the WTCR. The top points are fewer than awarded for wining Formula Regional and Asian F3 which run the same machinery.
Super Licence Points
All of the W Series cars are run by Hitech
The series features eighteen female racers plus two reserve drivers. They are chosen through a selection process that begins with fifty four participants. Originally, the W Series was held at six rounds of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters where they competed at the Hockenheimring in Germany, Circuit Zolder in Belgium, Misano World Circuit in Italy, Norisring in Germany, TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands and Brands Hatch in the UK. This will change as we head forward for the 2021 season as the W Series will become a Formula One support series and they will complete eight rounds as opposed to six where they’ll race at Paul Ricard in France, Red Bull Ring in Austria, Silverstone in the UK, Hungaroring in Hungary, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Zandvoort in The Netherlands, Circuit of the Americas in the USA and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico.
The original W Series coverage could be found on Channel 4 in the UK where it was presented by Lee McKenzie. They were also live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube and/or Twitter for countries without the television broadcast. Now that the series will be joining Formula One, you will be able to find it on whichever broadcast you choose to watch Formula One.
A special mention to our current W Series Champion, Jamie Chadwick, our runner up, Dutch driver Beitske Visser and the British driver who held third place, Alice Powell. The W series holds a diverse grid with drivers from Spain, Finland, Liechtenstein, Japan, Italy, South Africa, American, Australian, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and Canada. We also saw drivers from the UEA, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, India, Venezuela, Romania, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, France and China enter to be apart of the series.
After the announcement of the W Series joining Formula One, we will be rotating the series into our current line up so you’ll be able to catch all things Formula E, Formula 2, Formula 3 and W Series, right here, on the Chasing the Stars website. An up to date, 2021 season guide will be uploaded closer to the time so keep an eye out for that. We can’t wait to see you for the 2021 season of the W Series.