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W Series Spain: Chadwick dominates to continue perfect start to 2022

Jamie Chadwick maintained her flawless start to the defence of her W Series title with a third consecutive victory in a dominant performance in Spain.

W Series Spain: Chadwick beats Powell to pole

Jamie Chadwick has beaten Alice Powell to pole position for the W Series Barcelona round to maintain her storming start to the 2022 season.

W Series Miami: Chadwick claims double with lights-to-flag victory

Jamie Chadwick took her second W Series win of the weekend in Miami on Sunday, marking her fourth consecutive series victory.

W Series Miami: Chadwick takes victory in dramatic final lap showdown

Jamie Chadwick clinched victory in a dramatic W Series season opener in Miami, snatching back the lead from Emma Kimilainen in a last-lap shootout.

W Series Miami: Marti snatches pole after Wohlwend crash scuppers Powell

Nerea Marti took pole for the first W Series race in Miami after a red flag scuppered a last-minute flying lap from Alice Powell.

W Series secures three-year Sky Sports broadcast deal

W Series will be shown on Sky Sports this season as part of a three-year partnership with the broadcaster.

Toyota Racing Series to loan cars to W Series

The Toyota Racing Series will loan 18 of its FT60 cars to the W Series to be used at two separate events this season.

W Series confirms 2022 line-up, five new drivers to join

W Series has confirmed its 2022 line up, with five new drivers making their championship debut.

Chadwick reacts to W Series return criticism, explains funding issues

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has responded to criticism of her return to the series, saying she wasn’t able to secure enough funding to move up the single-seater pyramid.

Japanese ace Noda among drivers confirmed for W Series Barcelona test

Juju Noda, the daughter of 1990s Formula 1 driver Hideki Noda, is among the drivers to have been confirmed for W Series’ three-day on-track test in Barcelona next week.

How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series

With two W Series titles under her belt, Jamie Chadwick appears to be the perfect candidate to break into FIA Formula 3. But a shock return to the series in 2022 appears a curious move – not just for her, but for the all-female series too

W Series CEO defends double champion Chadwick's surprise return

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir has defended Jamie Chadwick’s return to the series despite being a double champion.

Chadwick announces surprise W Series return with Jenner Racing

Reigning W Series Jamie Chadwick will make a surprise return to contest her third title in 2022, driving for Caitlyn Jenner's new team.

Caitlyn Jenner buys W Series team for 2022 season

A team owned by Caitlyn Jenner will compete in the 2022 W Series season, with the former Olympic athlete becoming team principal of Jenner Racing.

W Series reveals 2022 calendar including first race in Asia

W Series has revealed its 2022 calendar, featuring eight races in support of Formula 1, including the series’ first-ever round in Asia.

W Series to host prospective driver test in Arizona for 2022 season

W Series will hold a test for prospective drivers in the US ahead of the 2022 season, with 14 drivers confirmed for the Arizona event.

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion Plus

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion

Heading into 2021, much of the discussion around W Series centred on Jamie Chadwick and her fight for a second crown. Chadwick duly won out, but only after a season-long battle with Alice Powell, who came into the final double-header level on points and almost stole the show

How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers Plus

How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers

Jamie Chadwick successfully defended her W Series title as the series returned after a year out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She saw off a fierce fight from Alice Powell to keep the crown but with both looking to climb the motorsport ladder, what is next for both the two star drivers and series itself?

Eaton reveals extent of injuries after W Series COTA kerb incident

W Series driver Abbie Eaton has revealed she suffered two fractured vertebrae after making contact with one of the Circuit of the Americas’ sausage kerbs.

Podcast: W Series review with Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell

The 2021 W Series season saw Jamie Chadwick take her second championship, repeating her 2019 success after two dominant wins at the Circuit of the Americas.

Mouton: W Series winners moving to F3 would be "fantastic" boost for series

Future W Series champions moving into a Formula 3 seat would be a "fantastic boost" for the series and has been proposed by the FIA, according to rally legend Michele Mouton.

Chadwick not planning W Series return in 2022

Two-time W Series title winner Jamie Chadwick has no plans to return to the championship next season.

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue Plus

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick finds herself in a predicament. The Williams F1 development driver has more than proven herself in the all-female series and has little to gain from returning. But where should she go next? And how will the series move forwards if she elects to take up her reserved slot on next year's grid? Whatever she decides, it poses important questions for the series' future

Garcia withdrew from W Series COTA race due to anxiety

Marta Garcia withdrew from Sunday's W Series race in Austin due to suffering from anxiety, she has revealed.

Eaton left with compression fracture after hitting "ridiculous" COTA kerb

W Series driver Abbie Eaton called the Circuit of the Americas' sausage kerbs “ridiculous", after contact with one of them left her with a vertebral compression fracture.

Chadwick: 2021 W Series title 'felt harder fought' than 2019 triumph

Jamie Chadwick says her 2021 W Series title felt “harder fought” than her 2019 win, but feels “sweeter” because of the tough season-long battle.

W Series US: Chadwick crowned champion after dominating finale

Jamie Chadwick was crowned the W Series 2021 champion after dominating the second W Series race of the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

W Series US: Chadwick wins race one with title rival Powell in third

Jamie Chadwick took victory in the penultimate W Series race of the season in Austin, while Alice Powell made up seven places to finish third amid a scorching title fight.

W Series US: Pulling pips Chadwick to race one pole, Powell tenth

Abbi Pulling will start on pole for the first W Series race in Austin, while joint points leader Jamie Chadwick lines up in the top spot for the championship decider.

W Series US: Chadwick tops second practice cut short by red flag

Jamie Chadwick topped the second W Series practice at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday in a session cut short by a red flag.

W Series US: Chadwick tops FP1 at season-finale double header

Jamie Chadwick topped the first W Series practice session at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday, leading from Abbi Pulling heading into the season-finale double header.

Podcast: Inside W Series with driver coaches Hughes and Kane

W Series driver coaches Warren Hughes and Jonny Kane are the special guests on the latest episode of the Autosport podcast previewing the 2021 championship decider in Austin.

Sidorkova to miss W Series Austin finale after US visa denied

Russian W Series driver Irina Sidorkova will miss the final two races in Austin this weekend after she was denied a US visa.

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite Plus

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite

She came into 2021 as a W Series title contender, but Beitske Visser has had a frustrating season, marred by a horrific crash at Spa and floundering in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. After misfortune and on-track clashes, the Dutch driver wishes the season was just starting now

Top eight W Series drivers will automatically qualify for 2022 drives

The top eight W Series drivers at the end of this season will qualify automatically for the 2022 season, the championship has confirmed.

W Series reserve Pulling drafted in at PUMA for COTA finale

W Series reserve driver Abbi Pulling will race in the double-header in Austin, taking the second PUMA seat for her third and fourth appearances of the season.

W Series drops Mexico round, will hold Austin double-header

W Series will now hold two races at the US Grand Prix as its season finale, rather than also racing in Mexico, after changes to the Formula 1 calendar.

Kimilainen: Racing 'doesn't define me', reduces results pressure

W Series race-winner Emma Kimilainen says her driving career “doesn’t define me as a person” and stops her putting too much pressure on results.

W Series Zandvoort: Powell wins again to draw level with Chadwick

Alice Powell took her third W Series win of the season at Zandvoort, drawing level in the points standings with pre-event leader Jamie Chadwick as polesitter Emma Kimilainen finished third.

W Series Zandvoort: Kimilainen takes first pole of the season ahead of Powell

Emma Kimilainen has taken her first W Series pole position of the season at Zandvoort, beating title rivals Alice Powell and Jamie Chadwick to the top spot.

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet

As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments

W Series Zandvoort: Chadwick leads practice from title rival Powell

Jamie Chadwick was quickest in W Series practice at Zandvoort, leading from championship rival Alice Powell.

Michele Mouton criticised for negative W Series comments

Rally legend Michele Mouton has been criticised after saying that W Series is a “limited and discriminating” championship.

W Series Spa: Kimilainen wins after sweeping past Chadwick in wet race

Emma Kimilainen took her second W Series win in a drenched race at Spa, sweeping past reigning champion Jamie Chadwick to win by over eight seconds.

W Series Spa crash underlines modern car safety advances - Visser

Beitske Visser has said walking away from the horrific W Series crash at Spa with no severe injuries is “proof” that cars are safer now than they used to be.

W Series drivers Agren and Visser transferred to hospital after Spa crash

W Series drivers Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser have been transferred to hospital after a horrific crash during the qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Spa W Series: Chadwick takes pole after horrific six-car crash at Eau Rouge

Jamie Chadwick took W Series pole position ahead of title rival Alice Powell at Spa in a qualifying session overshadowed by a serious multiple-car crash.

Spa W Series: Chadwick tops practice from Wohlwend

W Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick topped practice at Spa-Francorchamps, leading the field by a tenth to take the top spot for the second consecutive round.

Discussions held to create W-Series/FIA F3 driver pathway

FIA Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel said he has spoken to W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir about ways to get drivers from the series involved in F3.

Hungary W Series: Chadwick dominates to take second win

Jamie Chadwick dominated the W Series race at the Hungaroring, crossing the line more than 10 seconds ahead of title rival Alice Powell.

W Series Hungary: Chadwick takes pole from Powell as title battle continues

Jamie Chadwick took pole position in W Series qualifying at the Hungaroring ahead of championship rival Alice Powell.

Hungary W Series: Chadwick dominates practice ahead of old rival Visser

Jamie Chadwick dominated W Series practice in Hungary, leading the field by over seven-tenths from 2019 championship rival Beitske Visser.

The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance

After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future

Wood to make W Series comeback in Hungary

Caitlin Wood will make her first W Series appearance of the current campaign during the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

W Series Silverstone: Powell passes Wohlwend for second win of 2021

Alice Powell snatched victory in the W Series race at Silverstone, passing Fabienne Wohlwend for the lead just five minutes before the chequered flag to retake the championship lead.

W Series Silverstone: Brit Powell takes pole for home event

Alice Powell took pole position in W Series qualifying at her home round at Silverstone as part of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix support package.

W Series Silverstone: Powell leads Chadwick in Friday practice

Alice Powell led W Series practice at her home round at Silverstone as part of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix support package, topping the timesheet ahead of Jamie Chadwick.

W Series Austria: Chadwick dominates second Spielberg race

Jamie Chadwick took a lights-to-flag victory in the second 2021 W Series race in Austria, starting on pole before building up a lead of more than five seconds to win.

W Series Austria: Champion Chadwick claims Red Bull Ring pole

Jamie Chadwick took pole position in W Series qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, finishing over a tenth clear of Beitske Visser, who will start second on the grid.

W Series Austria: Reigning champion Chadwick heads practice

Jamie Chadwick led practice for the second round of W Series in Austria, beating Irina Sidorkova and old rival Beitske Visser to the top spot.