Instead, it will be aimed at the youngest drivers, from 16 years old, and will be considered as a category of direct support to Formula 3 and later to Formula 2, the prelude to the Great Circus. Although nothing has been confirmed, it is likely that a Formula 4 car will be used, under the umbrella of the organization of the other two championships mentioned above, with cars from already existing teams, a total of between 12 and 15 .
Formula 1 has not given specific details, but a spokesman said they were committed “to ensuring greater opportunity for talented women to progress and reach the highest levels”. The W Series joined the supporting classes in 2021 , but the future of the organization remains unknown after it ran into financial troubles and the last two rounds of the season were cancelled, leaving Singapore as the end of the year.
Multiple paddock sources indicate that if the W Series survives and returns in 2023 , they can compete with the new championship as it features faster, Formula 3-like cars with more veteran drivers.
On Thursday of the United States GP, Lewis Hamilton suggested that Formula 1 should encourage more women in motorsport: “There hasn’t been enough attention in the sport for a lifetime. There isn’t enough emphasis on it now, not what is due is being magnified by the great work that is being done there”.
“There is not enough representation in all areas of our industry,” he said. “There is no pathway for these amazing young female drivers to get into Formula 1. There are people saying ‘we will never see a woman’, and that’s not a good narrative to get it off the ground, so I think we need to do more. .
He also indicated that the highest category of motorsport could have intervened to save the W Series: “With the organization, Formula 1 and Liberty Media doing so well, it was not difficult for them to help.”
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