W Series to launch in May 2019, and hoping to attract 20 of world’s best female drivers; No woman has competed in F1 since 1976.
A new all-female single-seater championship, W Series, will launch next year with the aim of helping women reach Formula 1.
W Series organisers are confident the new category can allow women to compete with men on equal terms in motorsport with the same opportunity and training.
“There has never been a female Formula 1 Grand Prix race winner, let alone a world champion,” said CEO Catherine Bond Muir.
Many divided opinions, but personally I feel that any additional opportunity to race is positive ✅ As long as I can continue to live my dream and fulfil my ambition to race at the highest level of motorsport, then I’m happy! 😃 – Jamie Chadwick (@JamieChadwick55)
The last woman to start an F1 grand prix was Lella Lombardi in 1976.
But W Series’ statement said it was ‘on a mission to provide the experience and skills necessary for rapid progress within the sport – up to and including Formula 1 for the very best of the best’.
The six-round championship, which has been backed by former F1 driver David Coulthard and Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey, will start in May 2019.