W Series: Getting driver in F1 the ‘ultimate’ aim

Finley Crebolder
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Helping a female driver secure a seat in Formula 1 is the “ultimate ambition” of W Series, according to the communications director.

The female-only championship has proven popular since it began in 2019, with it making champion Jamie Chadwick a huge name in the world of motorsport.

Her success in the series led to her being signed by Williams as a development driver. Furthermore, she’ll also be competing in regional Formula 3 with Prema with the aim of moving up the ranks.

This is the sort of route that various young drivers have taken to make it into F1 over the years. For her or another W series driver to do the same is one of the competition’s biggest objectives, according to Matt Bishop.

“We have a couple of drivers in their 30s, in fact, one of our more successful drivers Emma Kimilainen is in her 30s and is a mother,” the communications director said as per grandprix247.com.

“We want to drive more female drivers into the higher echelons of international single-seater racing, F3, F2 and I am not predicting it but our ultimate ambition is Formula 1.

“With Emma Kimilainen she has won races on track and on sim, but she is not going to make F1 because the timing is wrong, but perhaps Ira Sidorkova, who knows. She turns 17 tomorrow.”

Sidorkova and 19-year-old Marta Garcia have both impressed in the W Series Esports League and are two of various exciting young talents who will be hoping to one day make it to the F1 grid.

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