LONDON – A brand new sequence of girls's races was launched Wednesday, backed by former Grand Prix driver David Coulthard and famed designer Adrian Newey, in an effort to assist runners achieve entry to Method 1.
No girls have participated in Method 1 since 1976, however the organizers of the "W Sequence" hope to offer them with a platform to develop their expertise earlier than embarking males greater on this planet. Motor sport scale.
With a deliberate begin in Could 2019, the sequence introduced that it could provide a prize fund of $ 1.5 million and a free entry for 18 to 20 opponents who can be chosen solely on advantage, after checks and evaluations.
The winner will win $ 500,000, and the prizes will go right down to 18th place.
The organizers have acknowledged that they purpose to arrange six 30-minute races on the very best European circuits, most of them having belonged to earlier Method 1 vehicles, with similar Method three vehicles from 1.eight liters.
The approaching seasons will see the sequence broaden to America, Asia and Australia.
"The center of W Sequence' DNA lies within the agency perception that ladies can compete with males in motor sport, however a 100% female sequence is crucial to drive better feminine participation." stated the organizers.
Coulthard, winner of 13 grand prizes between 1995 and 2003, sits on the advisory board with Purple Bull's technical supervisor, Newey, and each will take part within the driver coaching program.
Former McLaren workforce director, Dave Ryan, was appointed race director, whereas the final supervisor is the lawyer and banker of company finance, Catherine Bond Muir.
The concept of an all-female sequence is just not new however has been the topic of controversy previously, the very best runners claiming to wish to compete with males slightly than girls. to be separated.
The Spanish Carmen Jorda provoked a storm final yr defending such a sequence on the grounds that ladies had a bodily drawback and couldn’t compete with males on the similar degree as males.
Claire Williams, assistant director of the Williams Method One Staff, stated this yr that an all-female championship could be a "no regressive".
British runner Pippa Mann, winner of the American Indy Lights sequence and a six-time Indianapolis 500, stated his newest transfer was "a tragic day for motorsport".
"Those that have funds to assist runners select to separate them slightly than help them," she advised Twitter on Wednesday.
"I’m deeply dissatisfied to see such a historic step again in my lifetime."
Nevertheless, Coulthard stated that ladies tended to succeed in a "glass ceiling" on the Method three degree, usually as a result of a scarcity of funding and that they wanted to get to the "glass ceiling" on the Method three degree, usually due to a scarcity of funding and that ;assist.
Newey hoped that the W sequence would create "a platform on which girls drivers can enhance by racing, and from which they’ll then advance their careers and … lead their careers to the following degree." F1 ".
Some Method 1 drivers, previous and current, have expressed their help.
Damon Hill, the 1996 champion, noticed "an ideal alternative for feminine drivers within the race" whereas Haas rider Kevin Magnussen hoped it could assist advance their careers.
No girls scored a degree in Method One, though the Italian Lella Lombardi scored a half-point within the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix and solely two began the races because the starting of the championship in 1950.
Lombardi started 12 races between 1974 and 1976. The Italian Giovanna Amati didn’t register for the race in 1992, however didn’t qualify in 1992.
Report by Alan Baldwin