Formula 1 is working on the final details to create an all-female junior series with the goal of helping women drivers develop and be able to climb the motorsport ladder, as reported by the British media earlier today.
According to Sky Sports and other media outlets, the new racing championship could debut next year and will involve female racers between the age of 16 to 22.
This new series should take place alongside the current W Series, which was not able to hold its last three round in 2022, due to financial problems. However, the top management of the W Series feels it will be able to return next season.
Based on information reported by Motorsport, the brand new competition will use Formula Four cars with the new series feeding into Formula Three and Formula Two.
W Series, a free-to-enter racing caregory that has been part of the Formula 1 support programme at a few events during the current campaign, uses mechanically identical Tatuus Formula Three challengers.
Formula 1 did not want to comment on this news, but did confirm it remained committed to offering more chances for talented female driver to improve and would provide more details in the next weeks.
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No female driver has started a grand prix Since since the late Italian Lella Lombardi, no other female racer has taken part in a Grand Prix. She is also the only woman to take a top six finish, almost six decades ago.
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton said in a recent interview ahead of the United States Grand Prix that he thinks Formula One should have done more to help W Series and female racers.
“There has not been enough focus on women in sport, the whole of Formula One’s life, and there’s not enough emphasis on it now,” said the Briton.
“There is not enough representation across the board, within the industry,” added the Mercedes driver.- “And there’s not really a pathway for those young, amazing drivers to even get to Formula One, and then you have some people who say we’re never going to see a female F1 driver ever. So that’s not a good narrative to be putting out.” – Lewis Hamilton concluded.