W Series cancels 2020 season, focuses on 2021

Jamie Chadwick of Great Britain during qualifying for the W Series round six and final race of the inaugural championship at Brands Hatch (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The W Series, the all-female motor-racing championship, will not stage on-track races until 2021 due to ongoing difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision has been taken in consultation with Formula 1, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and the W Series’ partners and suppliers.

The W Series’ eight-race 2020 season had been due to begin in St Petersburg, Russia on May 30 and conclude in Mexico City on October 31. While this season will not go ahead, the W Series has promised a “bigger and better” 2021 campaign, with at least two races to be held alongside F1 events.

Catherine Bond Muir, W Series chief executive, said: “After the resounding success of W Series’ debut season in 2019, our decision not to stage on-track races until 2021 is not one that has been taken lightly.

“However, we are already working on an exciting new W Series race calendar for 2021, and we are delighted to be able to confirm that W Series races will feature on the support cards of a number of Formula 1 grands prix next year, including the 2021 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas and the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.”

The W Series had been due to support F1 events in Austin and Mexico City this year but this will now have to wait until 2021. The W Series had additionally been scheduled to support the DTM this summer but that series has also been hit by Covid-19 and will now run a limited number of events in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The inaugural W Series season was won by Britain’s Jamie Chadwick (pictured).