Inside the fight for the 18 W Series seats
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Inside the fight for the 18 W Series seats

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As the W Series grid was revealed, those who failed to make the cut were critical on social media. Here's the inside story of the guarded selection process that built a historic first grid

There is a certain amount of trial and error involved at the start of any new project when it comes to deciding what works and what doesn't, but the new W Series championship faced a particularly unenviable task when selecting its 18 drivers for the inaugural season - which begins at Hockenheim as part of the DTM support bill in May.

W Series - with its mission statement of addressing the gender imbalance of motorsport by creating the first all-female racing championship - has already had much criticism levelled at it over the risks of segregation, with suggestions from some that such segregation would only work to prove women as inferior motorsport competitors to men.

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