W Sequence, the women-only racing championship that had its first season in 2019, introduced that eight of its occasions within the 2021 racing season will likely be in partnership with the high-class Method 1. They are going to be held as “assist races” throughout Method 1 race weekends, and although the schedule has not been introduced but, it’s main information.
The W Sequence web site explains that women are not barred from competing in Formula 1 — nevertheless, it is simply extraordinarily troublesome to get there. Solely two girls complete thus far in Method 1’s 70-year historical past have raced, and a Grand Prix has not featured a girl driver since 1976 with Italy’s Lella Lombardi, ESPN stories. The monetary price of attending to that high tier of Method 1 is substantial, and the “lack of seen feminine expertise in Method 1 has made the problem of financing even tougher for women and girls,” W Sequence states.
Drivers within the W Sequence would not have to pay to race. As an alternative, as the web site detailed, “They’re chosen purely on their capability quite than how wealthy their backers are. By bringing collectively one of the best feminine expertise into one sequence, at a time when girls’s sport is attracting extra consideration and protection than ever earlier than, we imagine we are going to create a platform that will likely be extremely engaging to sponsors, companions and followers.”
Britain’s Jamie Chadwick gained the primary W Sequence Championship final 12 months, however the racing season this 12 months was canceled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. A partnership with Method 1 is basically meant to deliver extra consciousness to girls’s racing. “Our global reach, impact, and influence will be increased significantly,” W Sequence CEO Catherine Bond Muir mentioned in an announcement. “We wish W Sequence to entertain, and entertain it is going to. However we additionally need it to grow to be a vital default-option stepping stone for any feminine racing driver who desires to carve out an expert racing profession.”
Six-time Method 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton commented on the W Sequence partnership in a press convention, saying, “When we talk about diversity, individuals usually assume that we’re speaking about having extra individuals of colour. It is not simply that. It’s having extra girls concerned. In the meanwhile it’s a male-dominated sport and that does want to alter.”
Hamilton mirrored that rising within the ranks as a driver, he solely noticed “lower than a handful of younger women coming by way of.” He added, “The game does have to do extra, and that may be a good step in the best route. There’s loads of entry for younger boys and males to come back by way of the karting ranks into single-seaters. We have to do extra to verify younger women on the market know that it’s a doable profession path.”
American driver Sabré Prepare dinner, who was set to compete within the W Sequence in 2020 earlier than it was canceled and ranked 12th in 2019, wrote on Twitter, “we are truly blessed for such a chance!”