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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.

Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick takes pole from title rival Powell

Jamie Chadwick took pole position in W Series qualifying at the Hungaroring ahead of championship rival Alice Powell.

Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick dominant in Friday practice Budapest
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Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick dominant in Friday practice

Jamie Chadwick dominated W Series practice in Hungary, leading the field by over seven tenths from 2019 championship rival Beitske Visser.

How Powell is making the most of a second chance in W Series

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 Budapest
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Wood to make W Series comeback in Hungary

Caitlin Wood will make her first W Series appearance of the current campaign during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Silverstone W Series: Powell profits from Wohlwend error to win

Alice Powell snatched victory in the W Series race at Silverstone, passing Fabienne Wohlwend for the lead just five minutes before the chequered flag.

Silverstone W Series: 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.

Silverstone W Series: Powell leads Chadwick in Friday practice Silverstone
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Silverstone W Series: 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 Spielberg II
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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 Spielberg II
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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 Spielberg II
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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.

Styria W Series: Powell takes lights-to-flag win in opener Spielberg
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Styria W Series: Powell takes lights-to-flag win in opener

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

Styria W Series: Powell takes maiden pole ahead of Moore

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

Styria W Series: Powell tops practice ahead of Visser

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

Why Chadwick is taking nothing for granted ahead of W Series return Prime

Why Chadwick is taking nothing for granted ahead of W Series 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
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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.

Rdest replaces Pepper for Austria W Series races Spielberg
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Rdest replaces Pepper for Austria W Series races

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 reveals calendar change as five-day test begins
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W Series reveals calendar change as five-day test begins

W Series has revealed 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 June 26.

Chadwick excited to face motorsport greats in Extreme E

Jamie Chadwick says she’s relishing the opportunity to test herself against the likes of Jenson Button, Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz Sr in Extreme E this season.

W Series to run five-day Valencia test

The W Series has revealed plans for a five-day pre-season test held in April at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

W Series reveals 2021 calendar on F1 support bill

W Series has revealed the eight Formula 1 support races that will form its 2021 calendar, which includes the British Grand Prix and flyaway events in the US and Mexico.

Saudi Arabia open to holding W Series round in 2021

Saudi Arabia is open to holding a W Series race as early as next year, with the female racing series set for a number of Formula 1 support race slots.

W Series secures eight F1 support slots for 2021

The W Series will join the undercard at eight Formula 1 events in 2021.

W Series boss Bond Muir’s quest to put a female driver in F1
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W Series boss Bond Muir’s quest to put a female driver in F1

After a successful 2019 debut season, W Series – the development championship for female race drivers – was forced to cancel its 2020 calendar due to Covid-19.

W Series eyeing regular F1 support slots in 2021

The W Series could become a regular support category at Formula 1 events in 2021 if plans that are currently being discussed come to fruition.

Why a sabbatical doesn't spell disaster for W Series Prime

Why a sabbatical doesn't spell disaster for 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

W Series aspires to be permanent fixture on junior ladder

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir has suggested that she would like the championship to continue as a permanent part of the single-seater ladder even if motorsport becomes much more gender-equal.

W Series announces cancellation of 2020 season

The W Series has announced that its 2020 season is cancelled as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

W Series unveils full 2020 superlicence points allocation

The all-female W Series single-seater championship has unveiled the full FIA superlicence points breakdown for its top eight finishers in 2020.

Ferrari shouldn't get "flak" for seeking female driver

W Series Racing boss Catherine Bond Muir has welcomed Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto's suggestion that the Italian outfit should promote a female driver.

W Series joins F1 support bill for Mexico City, Austin

The W Series has received a massive boost with the confirmation of extra rounds supporting the US and Mexican GPs.

The one thing W Series needs in 2020 to continue its rise Prime

The one thing W Series needs in 2020 to continue its rise

The first season of the 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

Eaton "got it wrong" with initial W Series criticism

Abbie Eaton has admitted she was "wrong" to be critical of the W Series when it first launched, ahead of making her debut in the championship in 2020.

Autosport Awards: W Series wins Pioneering and Innovation prize

The all-female W Series has received a Pioneering and Innovation Award presented by Mahindra Racing at this year's Autosport Awards following its first competitive season.

ROKiT unveiled as W Series' first sponsor

The W Series has unveiled Williams Formula 1 team partner ROKiT as its first sponsor.

Chadwick aims to add Japan programme to W Series

Inaugural W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is planning to add another single-seater programme to her defence of the title next year, which could include a move to the rebranded Super Formula Lights category in Japan.

W Series announces initial 2020 calendar

The W Series has revealed an initial six-round DTM-supporting 2020 calendar, which will include visits to the new Igora Drive circuit in Russia and Anderstorp.

W Series champion won't be allowed back in 2021

The W Series has clarified that its 2020 champion will not be able to return to the championship to defend her crown the following season.

W Series reveals most of 2020 grid, Chadwick to defend title

The W Series has named 18 of the 20 drivers that will contest its second season in 2020, with six new names added and champion Jamie Chadwick returning to defend her title.

Legge, Eaton, Agren among 2020 W Series applicants

Former IndyCar racer Katherine Legge and Abbie Eaton are among 14 drivers who will take part in the 2020 W Series selection test at Almeria next week.

Coulthard "doesn't understand" high-profile W Series critics

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard says he 'doesn’t get' the continued criticism of W Series from high-profile sceptics of the championship.

Has W Series changed women's status in racing?

It was one of the most anticipated new racing series for some time, but what has the impact of the first season of the W Series been?

What W Series should look like in 2020 and beyond Prime

What W Series should look like in 2020 and beyond

While the maiden season of the W Series can be regarded as a success, it must now capitalise on its strong debut and make the most of its opportunity to cement a long-term future. Here's how it could do just that.

Chadwick: Budget still an issue despite W Series win

Jamie Chadwick has expressed interest in racing in FIA Formula 3 next year, but admits that her prize money for claiming the inaugural W Series crown may not be enough to guarantee her a competitive seat.

W Series 2020 selection to start in September

The driver selection process to set the grid for the second W Series season in 2020 will get underway next month, with inaugural champion Jamie Chadwick guaranteed a return.

Garcia plans TRS assault to prepare for 2020 W Series

Marta Garcia is plotting an assault on the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series next January ahead of a likely return to the W Series in 2020.

Chadwick reflects on "most stressful 30 minutes of my life"

Inaugural W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has described the Brands Hatch finale, in which she beat Beitske Visser to the title, as “probably the most stressful 30 minutes of my life.”

Brands Hatch W Series: Powell wins finale, Chadwick champion

Jamie Chadwick sealed the inaugural W Series title by securing fourth place in the Brands Hatch season finale, which was won by Alice Powell.

Brands Hatch W Series: Chadwick on pole for decider

Williams Formula 1 development driver Jamie Chadwick snatched pole for the inaugural W Series season finale at Brands Hatch, while her title rival Beitske Visser qualified fifth. 

Brands Hatch W Series: Kimilainen fastest ahead of finale

Emma Kimilainen topped both free practice sessions for the inaugural W Series finale at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

Assen W Series: Gilkes wins reverse-grid race by 0.003s

Megan Gilkes narrowly took her maiden W Series victory over Alice Powell in a photo-finish to the non-championship race at Assen, leading the whole race from reverse-grid pole.

Assen W Series: Kimilainen passes Powell to score first win

Emma Kimilainen took her maiden W Series victory at Assen, having missed two rounds of the 2019 season due to injury.

Assen W Series: Kimilainen tops red-flagged qualifying

Emma Kimilainen claimed her first W Series pole in a disrupted qualifying session for the penultimate round of the season at Assen.

W Series reveals breakdown of prize pot, 2020 season details

W Series has revealed the exact distribution of its 2019 prize fund, as well as giving detail on the initial plans for its second season in 2020.

Garcia feels she's 'back on the map' after Norisring win

Marta Garcia says she feels she is 'back on the map' of junior single-seater racing after scoring her first W Series win at the Norisring last weekend.

Norisring W Series: Garcia scores maiden victory

Marta Garcia took her maiden W Series win in commanding style at the Norisring, ahead of championship contenders Beitske Visser and Jamie Chadwick.

Norisring W Series: Garcia beats Chadwick to pole

Marta Garcia beat Williams Formula 1 development driver Jamie Chadwick to claim her first W Series pole in qualifying at the Norisring.

Powell: First-lap clash puts "big dent" in title hopes

Alice Powell believes that her chances of winning the inaugural W Series title are now slim after crashing out on the first lap at Misano.

Misano W Series: Chadwick fends off Visser to win

Jamie Chadwick took victory in the third round of the inaugural W Series season at Misano, extending her championship lead over second-placed Beitske Visser.

Misano W Series: Wohlwend edges Chadwick for pole

Fabienne Wohlwend claimed her maiden W Series pole for the third round at Misano ahead of championship leader Jamie Chadwick.