W Series News

More Than Equal aims to offer females a shot into F1 within 10 years
F1-backed female series ‘only a positive’, says W Series driver Hawkins
F1 to launch female-only series for younger drivers
Lewis Hamilton critical of F1 for not saving W Series season
Why W Series must survive, and further steps are needed

Female-forward organisation More Than Equal hopes to find the first female Formula 1 drivers’ world champion within 10 years.

A possible new all-female racing series backed by Formula 1 can only be a positive thing for women in motorsport, according to W Series driver Jessica Hawkins.

Formula 1 is planning to introduce its own female-only championship as early as 2023 – and sources insist it will not be a direct rival to the W Series.

Lewis Hamilton has called out Formula 1 and owner Liberty Media for not intervening to save the 2022 W Series season, which was prematurely ended due to financial issues.

OPINION: The all-female W Series will not see out the 2022 season for its three remaining races, and is now focusing on trying to resurrect the championship for 2023. While there remain questions about where its drivers should progress to, the prospect of losing it altogether should be a worrying one for motorsport, and underlines that more must be done to help female talent

W Series announces early end to 2022 season to focus on fundraising for 2023

W Series has announced it will not complete the final three races of its 2022 season due to fundraising issues, but is “extremely confident” of returning in 2023.

W Series Singapore: Visser wins to keep title battle alive as Chadwick crashes out

Beitske Visser took her first W Series win of the season in Singapore to keep the title battle alive, as Jamie Chadwick dramatically crashed out.

W Series Singapore: Garcia on pole in wet red-flagged qualifying, Chadwick eighth

Marta Garcia secured her second W Series pole position in a rainy and red-flagged qualifying in Singapore.

W Series sets next week deadline on fate of final races

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir says a decision will need to be made by next week if this season’s final two races will go ahead amid its financial difficulties.

The steps needed to get a W Series graduate into F1

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali grabbed the headlines recently when he suggested that it would likely be at least another five years before a woman could get in to grand prix racing.

W Series champion Chadwick to test Indy Lights car for Andretti Autosport

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will test an Indy Lights car this month, prepared by Andretti Autosport.

Hamilton: "Way more" to be done to help progression from W Series

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton believes “way more” needs to be done to help ensure progression from W Series and give women more opportunities in racing.

W Series Hungary: Powell takes victory to end Chadwick's winning streak

Alice Powell has ended Jamie Chadwick’s W Series winning streak with a lights-to-flag victory at the Hungaroring, fending off late pressure from the reigning champion to clinch the win.

W Series Hungary: Powell takes pole, Chadwick down in fifth

Alice Powell has grabbed pole position for the W Series Hungarian round with a stunning late lap, as defending champion Jamie Chadwick qualified down in fifth place.

W Series swaps Suzuka round for Singapore on 2022 calendar

W Series has called off its planned debut at Japan's Suzuka circuit and will instead join the Formula 1 support bill in Singapore.

W Series Paul Ricard: Chadwick holds off Visser to take seventh consecutive win

Jamie Chadwick held off Beitske Visser to take her seventh consecutive W Series win at Circuit Paul Ricard, further extending her championship lead.

Chadwick handed two-place grid penalty for W Series Paul Ricard race

Jamie Chadwick has been handed a two-place grid penalty for the W Series race in France, handing Beitske Visser her maiden series pole.

W Series Paul Ricard: Chadwick bags fourth successive pole

Jamie Chadwick took her fourth consecutive W Series pole at Circuit Paul Ricard, with the two-time champion holding off a fierce challenge from Marta Garcia for the top spot.

W Series Britain: Chadwick eases to Silverstone win as Kimilainen and Pulling clash

Jamie Chadwick eased to another comfortable victory in the W Series with a dominant display at Silverstone, while there was a penultimate lap clash between Emma Kimilainen and Abbi Pulling.

W Series Britain: Chadwick beats Kimilainen for pole at Silverstone

Jamie Chadwick took her third pole position of the 2022 W Series campaign, beating Emma Kimilainen to top spot in qualifying for her home round at Silverstone.

What to expect from the British GP support races

There’s more to the British Grand Prix than just Formula 1, here’s four other things not to miss in the bumper package that is the support categories

Pulling not feeling more pressure as Chadwick's main W Series challenger

W Series racer Abbi Pulling says she doesn't feel under more pressure one year on from her debut in the series as Jamie Chadwick's main title challenger after three rounds.

W Series Spain: Chadwick dominates to continue perfect start to 2022

Jamie Chadwick maintained her flawless start to the defence of her W Series title with a third consecutive victory in a dominant performance in Spain.

W Series Spain: Chadwick beats Powell to pole

Jamie Chadwick has beaten Alice Powell to pole position for the W Series Barcelona round to maintain her storming start to the 2022 season.

W Series Miami: Chadwick claims double with lights-to-flag victory

Jamie Chadwick took her second W Series win of the weekend in Miami on Sunday, marking her fourth consecutive series victory.

How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series Plus

How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series

With two W Series titles under her belt, Jamie Chadwick appears to be the perfect candidate to break into FIA Formula 3. But a shock return to the series in 2022 appears a curious move – not just for her, but for the all-female series too

W Series
Feb 23, 2022
How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion Plus

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion

Heading into 2021, much of the discussion around W Series centred on Jamie Chadwick and her fight for a second crown. Chadwick duly won out, but only after a season-long battle with Alice Powell, who came into the final double-header level on points and almost stole the show

W Series
Dec 2, 2021
How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers Plus

How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers

Jamie Chadwick successfully defended her W Series title as the series returned after a year out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She saw off a fierce fight from Alice Powell to keep the crown but with both looking to climb the motorsport ladder, what is next for both the two star drivers and series itself?

W Series
Nov 29, 2021
How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue Plus

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick finds herself in a predicament. The Williams F1 development driver has more than proven herself in the all-female series and has little to gain from returning. But where should she go next? And how will the series move forwards if she elects to take up her reserved slot on next year's grid? Whatever she decides, it poses important questions for the series' future

W Series
Nov 5, 2021
The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite Plus

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite

She came into 2021 as a W Series title contender, but Beitske Visser has had a frustrating season, marred by a horrific crash at Spa and floundering in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. After misfortune and on-track clashes, the Dutch driver wishes the season was just starting now

W Series
Oct 20, 2021
The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet Plus

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet

As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments

W Series
Sep 3, 2021
The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance Plus

The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance

After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future

W Series
Jul 30, 2021
Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return Plus

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return

W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition

W Series
Jun 24, 2021