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W Series moves five-day pre-season test to Anglesey

The W Series has confirmed it will host a five-day test at Anglesey in May after electing to abandon its pre-season plans for an outing at Valencia next month.

W Series to run five-day pre-season test in Valencia

The W Series has revealed plans for a five-day pre-season test held at Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo in April

Visser: F1 support status won't change W Series paddock atmosphere

The atmosphere in the W Series paddock between its competitors won't be any different in 2021 when it joins the Formula 1 support bill, according to 2019 runner-up Beitske Visser

Saudi Arabia open to W Series race on 2021 F1 support bill

Saudi Arabia is open to holding a W Series race as early as next year, with the female racing series set for a number of Formula 1 support race slots

W Series to join F1 support bill at eight races in 2021

The W Series will join the support bill at eight Formula 1 events in 2021 for its second season, the all-female single-seater series has announced

W Series eyeing regular F1 support slot in 2021

The W Series could become a regular support category at Formula 1 events in 2021 if plans currently being discussed come to fruition

Why a sabbatical doesn't spell disaster for W Series Plus

Why a sabbatical doesn't spell disaster for W Series

W Series finally got off the ground in 2019 despite its critics and had expected to build on its momentum this season. Instead the COVID-19 crisis has put its plans on hold, but for the fledgling series it could prove a blessing in disguise

W Series open to racing on its own or alongside other categories

W Series CEO Catherine Bond-Muir says that the all-female single-seater championship is open to racing on its own or alongside other categories should the DTM have to stop after 2020

Bond-Muir: W Series could become permanent part of single-seater ladder

W Series CEO Catherine Bond-Muir has suggested that she would like the championship to continue as a permanent part of the single-seater ladder even if motorsport becomes much more gender-equal

W Series News: COVID-19 forces W Series to call off 2020 season

The W Series has cancelled its 2020 season and is putting plans in place for its return in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic

W Series News: Chadwick, Bond Muir defend Esports league after criticism

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick and series CEO Catherine Bond Muir have defended the launch of its all-female sim racing series following criticism

How Eaton's Grand Tour has led to single-seaters Plus

How Eaton's Grand Tour has led to single-seaters

Having triumphed in club motorsport, and landed a prominent TV driving role, Abbie Eaton has struggled with that problem so many aspiring drivers face: raising a budget. Now her career has taken a new direction after joining the W Series grid

W Series pre-season test at Valencia scrapped due to coronavirus

W Series has cancelled its pre-season test at Valencia as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

Video: How AVL Racing helps develop emerging talent

Austrian company AVL Racing has become an increasingly prominent figure in the development of young driver talent in recent years

W Series validated by superlicence points addition from FIA - Bond Muir

Leading figures in the W Series believe the FIA's decision to award the series eligibility for superlicence points validates the championship's first year of existence

All-female W Series to race on US and Mexican GP F1 support package

The all-female W Series will race on the Formula 1 support package at the United States and Mexican Grands Prix in 2020, expanding its second-season calendar to eight rounds

The one thing W Series needs in 2020 to continue its rise Plus

The one thing W Series needs in 2020 to continue its rise

The first season of W Series can be considered a major motorsport success story, but at the same time certain elements of its philosophy were exposed as problems. For its second season, there's one issue in particular it needs to address

Abbie Eaton admits being wrong about W Series negativity

Abbie Eaton has admitted she was "wrong" to be critical of the W Series when it first launched, ahead of making her debut in the championship in 2020

Industry awards build W Series momentum for 2020

Recognition and awards by key motorsport industry commentators, together with the announcement of a new major sponsor, has crowned a brilliant debut season for W Series, the new international single-seater championship for female drivers only

W Series gains Williams F1 partner ROKiT as first major sponsor

The W Series has unveiled Williams Formula 1 team partner ROKiT as its first sponsor

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick eyes Japan for extra 2020 races

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is looking towards Japan for her secondary 2020 programme, with an eye on the Super Formula Lights category

W Series' 2020 champion can't defend her title in '21

The W Series has defended its decision to allow its reigning champion to stay on in the series after its first title winner Jamie Chadwick elected to return for 2020

W Series reveals initial 2020 driver line-up, Chadwick defends title

The W Series has named 18 of the 20 drivers that will contest its second season in 2020, with six new names added and champion Jamie Chadwick defending her title

Former IndyCar racer Legge to take part in W Series selection test

Former IndyCar racer Katherine Legge and Abbie Eaton are among the drivers who will take part in the 2020 W Series selection test at Almeria next week

Chadwick: Post-W Series title success can help stop series doubters

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick says it is important that she follows up her title by performing strongly in other categories, in order to help silence the championship's doubters

How Chadwick became motorsport's face of change Plus

How Chadwick became motorsport's face of change

From falling into motorsport "by accident" to becoming the first W Series champion, Jamie Chadwick's career success has shown motorsport's capacity for change and suggests the wait for another woman to race in Formula 1 could soon be over

Autosport podcast: Has W Series changed women's status in racing?

This week's episode of The Autosport Podcast celebrates the achievements of women in motorsport, to tie in with Autosport magazine's special issue

Ex-F1's David Coulthard 'doesn't get' continued W Series criticism

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard says he 'doesn't get' the continued criticism of W Series from high-profile sceptics of the championship

What W Series must look like in 2020 Plus

What W Series must look like in 2020

While the first season of W Series can be regarded as successful, it must now capitalise on its strong debut and make the most of its opportunity to cement a long term future. Here are the steps it should take for 2020

Chadwick: W Series title-winning race most stressful of my life

Inaugural W Series champion Jamie Chadwick described the Brands Hatch finale in which she beat Beitske Visser to the title as "probably the most stressful 30 minutes of my life"

Chadwick clinches W Series title as Powell wins at Brands Hatch

Jamie Chadwick has become the inaugural W Series champion, beating Beitske Visser by 10 points, as Alice Powell took her first victory at Brands Hatch

W Series Brands Hatch: Chadwick grabs last-gasp pole for finale

Williams Formula 1 development driver Jamie Chadwick just snatched pole for the inaugural W Series championship finale at Brands Hatch, while her title rival Beitske Visser qualified fifth.

Brands Hatch W Series: Emma Kimilainen leads both practice sessions

Emma Kimilainen topped both free practice sessions for the inaugural W Series finale at Brands Hatch on Saturday

The next mountain W Series must climb Plus

The next mountain W Series must climb

Through a controversial concept launch, one of its drivers making it into a Formula 1 role and format experiments coming under the glare of TV lenses, the W Series has made a promising start. But the second year will be its biggest test yet

Video: Powell, Chadwick explain lessons from W Series' experiment

At its last outing at Assen, W Series ran a non-championship experimental reversed-grid race in addition to its usual Saturday race

Gilkes confidence boosted "no-end" after Assen reversed-grid race win

Megan Gilkes' confidence has been boosted "no-end" by her surprise win in the W Series reversed-grid race at Assen last weekend

Megan Gilkes wins reversed grid Assen W Series race from pole

Megan Gilkes narrowly took her maiden W Series victory over Alice Powell in a photo-finish to the non-championship race at Assen, leading the whole race from reverse-grid pole

W Series reversed grid Assen race order decided with Chadwick last

A second non-championship W Series race at Assen will run with an entirely reversed grid with Williams Formula 1 development driver Jamie Chadwick starting last

Kimilainen takes crucial W Series win at Assen, closes on 2020 return

Emma Kimilainen took her maiden W Series victory at Assen, despite missing two rounds of the 2019 season due to injury

Kimilainen takes maiden W Series pole at Assen

Emma Kimilainen claimed her first W Series pole in a disrupted qualifying session for the penultimate round of the season at Assen

Assen W Series: Kimilainen fastest overall as Moore heads FP2 order

Emma Kimilainen set the best time of the day in W Series practice at Assen, as Sarah Moore ended FP2 fastest

Kimilainen "always" intended to return to W Series after injury

Emma Kimilainen was "always" going to return to compete in W Series in 2019, despite missing half of the season due to an injury

Marta Garcia controls Norisring race for first W Series victory

Marta Garcia took her maiden W Series win in commanding style at the Norisring, ahead of championship contenders Beitske Visser and Jamie Chadwick

W Series Norisring: Garcia beats Williams F1's Chadwick to pole

Marta Garcia beat Williams Formula 1 development driver Jamie Chadwick to claim her first W Series pole in qualifying at the Norisring

Reserve Keszthelyi beats Gilkes, Bovy to Norising W Series race seat

Reserve driver Vivien Keszthelyi will contest the fourth W Series round at Norisring this weekend, having beaten Megan Gilkes and fellow reserve Sarah Bovy to a spot on the grid

Norisring W Series: Gosia Rdest fastest in Friday practice

Gosia Rdest topped Friday running for the fourth round of the inaugural W Series season at the Norisring

The new stars emerging from W Series Plus

The new stars emerging from W Series

While the names fighting for the W Series title are familiar to the wider motorsport world, in their wake the all-female championship is bringing previously unknown drivers into the spotlight - and developing their abilities fast

W Series adds experimental reversed-grid race to Assen round

The inaugural all-female racing championship W Series will add an experimental non-championship reversed-grid race to the timetable of its Assen round next month

The motorsport LGBTQ+ tolerance lessons of a W Series star Plus

The motorsport LGBTQ+ tolerance lessons of a W Series star

Sarah Moore is enjoying 2019 - on and off the track. The W Series frontrunner was recently announced as a driver ambassador for new LGBTQ+ initiative Racing Pride and shares her thoughts on tolerance and acceptance in motorsport

Misano W Series: Chadwick resists Visser to extend points lead

Jamie Chadwick took victory in the third round of the inaugural W Series season at Misano, extending her championship lead over second-place finisher Beitske Visser

Misano W Series: Wohlwend beats points leader Chadwick to pole

Fabienne Wohlwend claimed her maiden W Series pole for the third round at Misano, beating championship leader Jamie Chadwick

W Series Zolder: Visser dominates disrupted race ahead of Chadwick

Beitske Visser took victory in the second W Series race with a commanding lead of almost eight and a half seconds over polesitter Jamie Chadwick at Zolder

W Series Zolder: Chadwick beats Visser and Powell to take pole

Jamie Chadwick secured her second consecutive W Series pole by finishing ahead of Beitske Visser and Alice Powell with a time of 1m28.681 seconds in qualifying at Zolder

W Series Zolder: Reserve driver Bovy granted entry for home race

W Series has granted reserve driver Sarah Bovy the chance to make her race debut at Zolder this weekend, joining the grid as an extra entry for the second round

Zolder W Series: Beitske Visser and Jamie Chadwick lead practice

Beitske Visser and Jamie Chadwick topped a Friday practice session each ahead of the second W Series weekend at Zolder

F1 team boss Claire Williams says her W Series fears are allayed

Williams Formula 1 deputy team principal Claire Williams says her fears about W Series were allayed by what she saw at the first round

Autosport Podcast: Is W Series conquering its sceptics?

As the all-female W Series made its on-track debut at Hockenheim last weekend, the media interest and public reception was as intriguing as the competition itself

Video: Can anyone beat Chadwick in W Series?

As the W Series finally began at Hockenheim last weekend, the focus could turn to the on-track product after seven months of debate over the championship's ethos since its launch

The verdict on W Series' first weekend Plus

The verdict on W Series' first weekend

Since its launch last year, W Series has attracted much attention and debate. But with its first race, which took place at Hockenheim last weekend, what was pure speculation turned to fact. Here are the key takeaways from the event

W Series frontrunners felt pressure of media interest in first race

Inaugural W Series race winner Jamie Chadwick admitted to feeling extra pressure over the Hockenheim weekend because of the high-profile media interest in the series