On the surface, facing nearly a 20 month break after just six races seems pretty disastrous for a newly-founded series.
During its short debut season W Series did much to silence its critics, capitalising on its own controversial nature to draw publicity and provided some spectacular racing to boot. But the general verdict was that W Series' second season would be the true test of its success, where it would have to prove that its approach to racing is sustainable and its achievements no flash in the pan.
Its first year was defined by its own novelty and a fearless approach to experimentation, trying out different qualifying formats and allowing reserve drivers to earn their place on the grid. With the novelty waning, what would the series actually have to offer?