The last time a woman drove in a Formula One race was over 30 years ago. Since then, no woman has made it to formula 1. Formula One is like the UEFA of Motorsports. In fact, in a long while women have not been able to make it past Formula three. Due to majorly funding for them and opportunities, not necessarily a lack of talent.
Ironically, Motorsports happen to be one of the very few sports where men and women can compete against each other on an equal footing. However, there are only about 8 % of females in the sport as at this time.
The tournament is called the W series, and it’s an only women tournament, the aim is to find the next women talent who can make it into Formula one racing.
The series has received support from F1 driver David Coulthard, Adrian Newey Design Chief at Red Bull and Catherine Muir who will be the CEO. Catherine is corporate financier and sports lawyer.
According to a statement by the organizers of the championship “At the heart of W Series’ DNA is the firm belief that women can compete equally with men in Motorsports,” a statement said.
“However, an all-female series is essential in order to force greater female participation. “W” Series is therefore a mission-driven competition, the aim of which is not only to provide exciting racing for spectators and viewers on a global scale, but also to equip its drivers with the experience and expertise with which they may progress their careers, racing and honing their skills in “W” Series before eventually graduating to existing high-level mainstream racing series.”
So we’ve seen it all. The championship will involve 20 women who will race against each other in identical formula 3 level cars, around some of the most prestigious tracks in Europe. There’s $1.5 million up for grabs. The first place women will go home with $500,000, and then 17 more women will share the rest $1 million based on how they place.
The race is free to enter, however, there will be a series of rigorous tests to choose the women who’ll take part in this championship.The series will begin in 2019, and perhaps soon, we’ll see women compete with men in Formula One.
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