James Allen on F1
Topic

James Allen on F1

Aiming for F1: Candidates for inaugural W Series named

shares
comments
Aiming for F1: Candidates for inaugural W Series named
By: Luke Murphy
Nov 28, 2018, 9:14 PM

The next steps have been taken in the search for the next female Formula One driver, as the 'long list' of entries for the inaugural W Series seaso...

The next steps have been taken in the search for the next female Formula One driver, as the 'long list' of entries for the inaugural W Series season has been announced.

The open-wheel category, a series introduced only for female racing drivers, was announced a few weeks ago, with opinions on the new championship divided.

A series claiming to not need sponsorship, the abilities of all interested drivers will je assessed in order to find the best candidates for the championship.

The first step in this process has resulted in a 'long list' of over fifty entries, which will be whittled down to form the grid of the new championship.

Notably, the list includes FIA Women in Motorsport Advisor Carmen Jorda, who rose to prominence by becoming a development driver for Lotus back in 2015.

The inclusion of Jorda is no surprise, having previously been vocal about favouring a women-only racing series.

Other notable candidates include former British GT champion and British Formula 3 race-winner Jamie Chadwick and multiple Formula 3 winner Alice Powell. Sabre Cook is an Infiniti Engineering Academy winner and Betke Visser was highly rated as a kart racer.

Higher-profile women racers such as IndyCar driver Pippa Mann, Sauber F1 test and development driver Tatiana Calderon and European Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch - who have arguably already surpassed the level that the W Series is aimed at - have stated their opposition to the women-only championship.

GP3 competitor Tatiana Calderon, who joined Sauber as development driver.

David Coulthard, W Series Advisory Board Chair said:

“We designed W Series specifically to shine a light on female talent right around the world.

“I can’t wait to be part of the next stage and to see some of that talent in action.”

A series of tests will be conducted in the W Series race car – a 2019 Tatuus T-318 – ahead of the season’s first race at Hockenheim in Germany in May.

Full entry list:

Ayla Agren, 25, Norway

Amna Al Qubaisi, 18, UAE

Chelsea Angelo, 22, Australia

Carmen Boix, 23, Spain

Sarah Bovy, 29, Belgium

Toni Breidinger, 19, USA

Ivana Cetinich, 22, South Africa

Jamie Chadwick, 20, UK

Veronika Cicha, 31, Czech Republic

Sabre Cook, 24, USA

Courtney Crone, 17, USA

Natalie Decker, 21, USA

Mira Erda, 18, India

Carlotta Fedeli, 26, Italy

Cassie Gannis, 27, USA

Marta Garcia, 18, Spain

Michelle Gatting, 24, Denmark

Angelique Germann, 27 Germany

Megan Gilkes, 17, Canada

Samin Gomez, 26, Venezuela

Grace Gui, 27, China

Michelle Halder, 19, Germany

Esmee Hawkey, 20, UK

Jessica Hawkins, 23, UK

Shea Holbrook, 28, USA

Carmen Jorda, 30, Spain

Vivien Keszthelyi, 17, Hungary

Emma Kimilainen, 29, Finland

Natalia Kowalska, 28, Poland

Stephane Kox, 24, Netherland

Miki Koyama, 21, Japan

Fabienne Lanz, 32, South Africa

Milla Mäkelä, 25, Finland

Alexandra Marinescu, 18, Romania

Milou Mets, 28, Netherlands

Sheena Monk, 29, USA

Sarah Moore, 25, UK

Marylin Niederhauser, 22, Switzerland

Tasmin Pepper, 28, South Africa

Vicky Piria, 24, Italy

Taegen Poles, 20, Canada

Alice Powell, 25, UK

Charlotte Poynting, 20, Australia

Naomi Schiff, 24, Belgium

Carrie Schriener, 20, Germany

Sharon Scolari, 23, Switzerland

Doreen Seidel, 33, Germany

Siti Shahkirah, 24, Malaysia

Sneha Sharma, 28, India

Bruna Tomaselli, 21, Brazil

Shirley Van Der Lof, 31, Netherlands

Beitske Visser, 23, Netherlands

Fabienne Wohlwend, 21, Lichenstein

Caitlin Wood, 21, Australia

Hanna Zellers, 21, USA

 

By: Luke Murphy

All images: Motorsport Images
Next article
Sainz feels recharged at McLaren after “killing” rivals in finale

Previous article

Sainz feels recharged at McLaren after “killing” rivals in finale

Next article

Red Bull's late season surge "confusing" - Ricciardo

Red Bull's late season surge "confusing" - Ricciardo
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Luke Murphy