In a welcome move, an “only women” motorsport series has been launched to spot promising Formula 1 racers. The name of the series has been kept as W Series, which will start in 2019. Backed by few big F1 stars such as 13 times Grand Prix winner David Coulthard and Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey, the race is expected to be a major milestone in women F1 race.
Talking to BBC, Coulthard said he believed men and women can compete on equal terms in motorsport and insisted that the existing structure had not worked in finding a top woman driver.
Coulthard said, “If you want a fundamental change in the outcome, you need a fundamental change in the process. W is a fundamental change in creating an opportunity to bring through female talent to the highest possible level.”
Around 20 of the world’s leading female racing drivers are expected to participate in the series that will have six races across Europe and around in the UK with the prize money of $1.5m.
The championship is free to enter, and competitors will be selected through a programme that assesses their abilities. The winner will receive $500,000 to help further her career, as well as support and advice from the experts employed by the series, reported BBC.