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
Just two months on from the opening round at Hockenheim, the inaugural W Series championship has already reached the midway point of its first season - with Jamie Chadwick leading the standings by a margin of 13 points over Beitske Visser.
That it's Chadwick and Visser leading the way at the sharp end of the field is not particularly surprising - both are established names in single-seater racing and it's certainly more than likely that Chadwick would have been able to continue her steady career trajectory as the next great female Formula 1 driver hope with or without 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
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
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
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
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
W Series adds experimental reversed-grid race to Assen round
Norisring W Series: Gosia Rdest fastest in Friday practice