New women’s Formula 3 series launched
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.”