W Series announces provisional 2021 race calendar in partnership with Formula 1

W Series announces provisional 2021 race calendar in partnership with Formula 1
W Series, the international single-seater motor racing championship for female drivers only, is pleased to announce its provisional race calendar for the 2021 on-track season, in partnership with Formula 1
The provisional 2021 W Series calendar will consist of eight Formula 1 support races, and the dates and locations of those rounds will be as follows:
Date                Location
26 June           Le Castellet, France
3 July              Spielberg, Austria
17 July            Silverstone, UK
31 July            Budapest, Hungary
28 August       Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
4 September   Zandvoort, Netherlands
23 October      Austin, USA
30 October      Mexico City, Mexico
Further details regarding the schedule at each round, including details of practice and qualifying sessions, race times, and our 2021 driver line-up will be announced in due course.
Catherine Bond Muir (Chief Executive Officer, W Series) said: “The prospect of seeing W Series race alongside Formula 1, the world’s premier motor racing series, has become even more tantalising as a result of today’s announcement of our 2021 race calendar. The eight races will allow our fast and fearless female racing drivers to showcase their skills on some of the world’s most iconic racing circuits, in Europe and the Americas, and literally follow in the tyre tracks of the greatest racing drivers in the world today.
“W Series’ mission will always be to further the interests and prospects of female racing drivers, and to inspire girls and women everywhere. Our 2021 race schedule in partnership with Formula 1 will significantly increase our global reach, impact and influence by placing W Series on motor racing’s greatest stage and taking us to new audiences and territories. Our drivers are ready and raring to race and entertain, and the 2021 season curtain-raiser in France next June cannot come soon enough.”
Ross Brawn (Managing Director of Motorsport, Formula 1) said: “We are delighted to announce the eight Formula 1 races that W Series will join in 2021. There is a really exciting mix of circuits that will showcase the exceptional talent of the drivers in the series. We believe that it is incredibly important to give everyone the chance to reach the highest levels of our sport, and partnering with W Series shows our determination and commitment to building greater diversity across Formula 1.”
Emma Kimiläinen (Finnish driver of W Series) said: “Fans from Finland have always flocked to Budapest for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix and I’ll be trying hard, alongside my compatriots Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, to give them lots to cheer about that weekend. I am the most experienced driver on the W Series grid at 31, but Kimi is 10 years older than me and watching him perform consistently at the highest level is so inspiring. The Hungaroring is a twisty, technical circuit and, with overtaking chances limited, the W Series qualifying session will be crucial. As a driver who relies on feel and instinct, I often find my rhythm early in the weekend’s running so that suits me.”