We already have female Prime Ministers, female astronauts and industry leaders, heck, even the Middle East had recently allowed women to drive – although they were decades too late to the party.
So when a single-seater race series was formed solely for female race car drivers, it’s really hard for me to fathom why they’re still not allowed to meddle with the men whether it’s in Formula 1 or Formula 3 but have to instead make-do with a separate league, one that will undoubtedly receive less attention than the ones participated by men.
I can understand if it were contact sports, like football or rugby, with all sorts of physical elements/violations to consider, but in motor racing, competitiveness is hinged on the driver’s skill and the race car itself which is why I feel like this new “W Series” should not even exist.
The W Series is a new “free-to-enter” single-seater motor racing series for women drivers only, with a US 1.5 million cash prize.
Out of the 18-20 for the first season, the overall winner will walk away with half a million US dollars while the rest of the prize money will be allocated to all the way down to the 18th place driver in the overall standings.
The race series which is set to begin around mid of next year, will feature race tracks all around Europe which are also used in Formula 1. The drivers whom will be subjected to stringent physical and simulated test will race in Formula 3 cars powered 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, with 6-speed sequential gearboxes.
One way to see it is that it encourages wider female participation where these successful female drivers can progress to male-driven, higher level mainstream race series’, but then why can’t they start with the men from the early stages like go-karting, as well?