Verge Loves: W Series

W Series and Williams F1 driver Jamie Chadwick with Verge CEO Andre Dixon

Formula 1 announces that W Series will be part of the schedule of two 2020 Grand Prix events: United States, which will take place in Austin from 23rd to 25th October, and Mexico City, which will be hosted in the Federal Capital of Mexico from 30th October to 1st November.

The last two races of the 8-event season of the single-seater championship for female racing drivers only will be contested at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday 24th October and at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez one week later.

Ross Brawn, Managing Director, Motorsport at Formula 1®, said:

“We are delighted to welcome W Series to two such spectacular events of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World ChampionshipTM such as those in Austin and Mexico City. In just one year, W Series has contributed significantly to increasing interest in the topic of diversity and inclusion in motorsport. We are convinced that our sport must offer equal opportunities for men and women to compete together – it is no coincidence that improving the diversity of the F1 grid by supporting and promoting driver talent from underrepresented backgrounds is one of our strategic objectives. The ability for the great crowds who traditionally attend the Austin and Mexico City Grands Prix to see these talented female drivers up close will definitely further raise the awareness of the importance of inclusion and diversity in motorsport.”

Catherine Bond Muir, W Series’ Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We at W Series are absolutely delighted that, in only our second season, our championship has been welcomed by Formula 1, and we’re utterly thrilled that the final two races of the 2020 W Series season will therefore take place as part of the Formula 1 platform. Our two all-new races will follow six races on the DTM platform, making a very varied, extremely exciting and truly international eight-race championship, in eight countries across the globe. I’m particularly pleased that W Series will now stage races outside Europe, and the USA and Mexico are of course both very important new territories for us. Interest in and enthusiasm for W Series was enormous in our first season, 2019, among media and fans alike, and the addition of two all-new W Series races on the Formula 1 platform will inevitably increase that enthusiasm and interest. A lot of work has gone into stitching the W Series / Formula 1 deal together, but above all I want to thank W Series’ drivers, the brave and talented young women who captured the imagination of the sporting world last summer. Mark my words: they’ll do so again this year, from May to October, all over the world.”