New women’s Formula 3 se­ries launched

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - MAR­CUS SIM­MONS AND JONATHAN NOBLE

A new Euro­pean Formula 3 cham­pi­onship for women has been launched for 2019, with a prize fund of $1.5mil­lion.

W Se­ries will se­lect 18 to 20 women to com­pete in the con­test, which will use the Tatuus T-318 Re­gional F3 car pow­ered by a 1.8-litre tur­bocharged en­gine from Au­totec­nica – the same com­bi­na­tion used in Asian F3 (left), which kicked off this year.

Mul­ti­ple grand prix win­ner David Coulthard, Red Bull tech­ni­cal wizard Adrian Newey and for­mer Mclaren F1 team man­ager Dave Ryan all have sig­nif­i­cant roles in the se­ries, which is fronted by sports lawyer Cather­ine Bond Muir. While next year’s races will take place en­tirely in Europe, W Se­ries plans to in­cor­po­rate rounds in Amer­ica, Asia and Aus­tralia in fu­ture.

The ethos be­hind W Se­ries, for which en­try is free, is to help women at a level be­yond kart­ing and Formula 4, where they fre­quently fall by the sin­gle-seater way­side.

Coulthard said: “They [women] have this big sup­port from the FIA bring­ing them through grass roots, but how long will that take? Five years? Ten years? A gen­er­a­tion it will take in rac­ing terms. Our view is we don’t want to wait a gen­er­a­tion, but we wel­come that gen­er­a­tion of women rac­ers com­ing through. This is pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion right now – the tim­ing is ab­so­lutely right.”

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