The W Series will start in the spring with 18 to 20 competitors selected from a succession of tests. They will drive all the same car, Formula 3, organizers pointed out in a statement, adding that no entry fee will be required.
The races will take place initially in Europe, on circuits having already hosted F1 Grand Prix, said the organizers who then aspire to expand into America, Asia and Australia.
This new championship is backed by big names, such as the 13-time British Formula One racing driver David Coulthard and Red Bull’s technical director Adrian Newey. It will be endowed with $ 1.5 million in prizes, including 500,000 for the ultimate champion.
While it is certain, according to organizers « that women can compete on equal terms with men in motorsports », « a women’s championship is essential to allow a better participation of women » . The last woman to have competed in a F1 Grand Prix was Italy’s Lella Lombardi in 1976, but David Coulthard is convinced that others might challenge male drivers.