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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.

Moore: W Series result "even more special" as first LGBT GP weekend podium

Sarah Moore says becoming the first openly LGBT driver to score a podium on a Formula 1 grand prix weekend made her maiden W Series rostrum "even more special".

W Series Styria: Powell leads every lap to take second series win

Alice Powell took her second W Series win in a dramatic race at the Red Bull Ring, leading from lights-to-flag and converting pole to take back-to-back victories.

The forgotten path that W Series is following in Austria

The return of W Series in Austria this weekend coincides with its debut on the Formula 1 support bill, but it's not the first time that an all-female event has held such a prestigious slot

W Series Styria: Powell takes maiden pole ahead of Moore

Alice Powell took her maiden W Series pole in qualifying at the first race of the season in Austria.

W Series Styria: Powell tops practice ahead of Visser

Alice Powell topped the timesheet in the first W Series practice session of the season, leading from Beitske Visser and Sarah Moore.

Autosport Podcast: W Series 2021 preview with Chadwick and Coulthard

W Series is finally back, almost two years after its debut season concluded at Brands Hatch, where Jamie Chadwick took the crown.

Bond Muir: W Series has “come back stronger” with new team structure

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir says the introduction of a team competition and an influx of sponsors shows the series has “come back stronger” after almost two years away.

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return Plus

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return

W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition

W Series introduces new team structure from this season

W Series is moving towards a new team structure for 2022, starting its transition this season with an unofficial championship, new liveries and team sponsors.

W Series documentary series to be released on Sunday

A six-part documentary series following the first season of W Series will be released on Sunday on All4 in the United Kingdom.

Rdest replaces Pepper for first two W Series races in Austria

Gosia Rdest will replace Tasmin Pepper in the first two W Series races of 2021 in Austria after South Africa’s latest COVID-19 travel restrictions meant she was unable to attend.

W Series continues free-to-air broadcasts with Channel 4 for 2021 season

W Series is continuing its live free-to-air broadcast partnership with Channel 4 for 2021 and is introducing a new on-screen commentary team for the category’s second season.

W Series confirms calendar change as five-day Anglesey test begins

W Series has confirmed a change to its calendar after the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix was cancelled, relocating the first race of the season to the Styrian Grand Prix on 26 June.

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