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Formula 1 to create recent all-female championship with 2023 debut possible


Beitske Visser of Netherlands and Sirin Racing (95) leads Marta Garcia of Spain and CortDAO W Series Team (19) through the W Series Round 6 race on October 02, 2022 in Singapore.

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Formula 1 is planning to develop a recent women’s racing series.

The championship — which could be for younger drivers aged 16 to 22 — is planned to run alongside the similarly all-female W Series which has hit financial difficulties, canceling its last 3 events in 2022.

It’s believed that the series would form a part of the Formula 2 and Formula 3 feeder pyramid, and will come as early as 2023.

It is probably going there will likely be between 12 and 15 drivers on the grid.

F1 wouldn’t confirm details of the series but a spokesperson said: “We’re committed to making sure the very best possible opportunities for ladies to get into our sport and to get the abilities and experience obligatory to get to the highest of F1.”

The news comes after Lewis Hamilton criticized F1 for not affording more help to W Series.

W Series, which goals to be a feeder for ladies into F1, was imagined to hold its penultimate round of the 12 months in support of this weekend’s United States GP, nevertheless fundraising issues led to them curtailing their season early.

Jamie Chadwick, Britain’s runaway leader, was crowned champion for the third time, maintaining her 100% record within the championship.

Hamilton, chatting with the media on Thursday, said he felt F1 must have done more to assist W Series.

“There is just not enough representation across the board, inside the industry,” stated Hamilton.

“And there is probably not a pathway for those young, amazing drivers to even get to Formula 1, after which you’ve some individuals who say we’re never going to see [another] female F1 driver ever. In order that’s not a great narrative to be putting out.

“So I feel we have to be doing more, and with the organization, with Formula 1 and Liberty [Media, F1 owners] doing so well it isn’t rather a lot for them to give you the chance to assist out in that space.”

What is going to it take to get F1’s next female driver?

It has been 30 years since there was a girl racing in F1, and Sky Sports F1’s Danica Patrick and Jenson Button had their say on the topic during Friday’s practice build-up.

“I do not know whether it is necessarily in the shape of a series as much because it is a culture and accepting and giving them a probability,” said Patrick, widely renowned as probably the most successful woman within the history of American open-wheel racing.

“I come from a novel position where I just got here up through the ranks, I didn’t drive in a female series, there was no female-oriented element to it.

“I’m a woman and I do know that played into me having opportunities with sponsors but that also got here up through the classic ranks so really what it takes to stay around and make it to the highest is that you just are given really good rides along the best way and are capable of show your talent.

“So it just really takes a culture of the individuals who own teams believing in them and giving them a probability, even when it only a test to see what they’re able to.

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“I feel there are definitely sponsors that jump on board since it is exclusive to sponsor a woman and they’ll get quite a lot of attention — but what it takes is that belief and faith that they’re going to make it all of the method to the highest.

“I do not think that it’s necessarily a sponsor not going all of the method to the highest, it’s a driver having all of the talent to go to all of the method to the highest.

“There are many men that do not make all of it the best way so that they just have to be at the suitable place at the suitable time and be given good opportunities with a great automobile.

“I all the time knew in my heart that if I used to be given the chance with a great automobile I could show them what I used to be able to and fortunately it worked out for me and my profession and that’s what just has to occur.”

Button, the 2009 F1 world champion, added: “I feel for me, having W Series, I used to be never an enormous fan of separating men and ladies in racing but I also think it’s great for the young kids and the young girls having a task model like Jamie Chadwick as a driver.

“Once you have a look at kids, there’s a really small percentage of ladies that truly wish to go on and race cars and I feel it’s because they can not see it.”

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