In Austria, for the first time in its short history alongside Formula 1, the 2021 season of the W Series. The all-female series, which in 2019 saw the success of the English Jamie Chadwick, after becoming one of the support races of the Circus aims to grow further. The plan to do this is to implement in the championship the traditional ‘team’ structure, typical of all the main categories of motorsport. The goal is to secure one financial security to the series and favor its development in the years to come.
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The project, explained by the CEO of the championship Catherine Bond Muir to the English site Race Fans, is to start having six teams managing two cars each starting in 2022. The remaining six cars will still be ‘controlled’ by the championship organization. This will be a first transition step, to then be able to have in the following years all the cars put on the track by different teams. The risk that the W Series does not want to run, however, is to favor the phenomenon of paying pilots.
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“In our contracts with the teams we have told them that they are not allowed to charge for their seats or to ask their pilots for sponsorship – stressed Bond Muir – this aspect is very important, because we do not want the league to become a club for billionaire girls in future years “. The series also does not want to lose its characteristic of single-brand. “It will be a team championship and not a constructors’ championship – concluded the CEO of the series – so it will remain a single-make to show the world who the best drivers are “.