W Series cancel Mexican GP due to new F1 race date

Date published: September 24 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Flags flying above the grandstand during the Mexican Grand Prix. Mexico October 2019

The Mexican finale of the W Series has been cancelled due to the fact that the F1 race there has been moved back.

The original plan was to end the 2021 W Series campaign in Mexico with the final race taking place on the same weekend as the F1 event.

However, said event was recently pushed back by a week in a final rearrange of the calendar, and that has forced W Series to call off their race there altogether.

“We are, of course, disappointed not to be able to conclude our 2021 season at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where support for W Series and our mission is very strong,” said CEO Catherine Bond Muir.

“However, the changes to Formula 1’s calendar would have resulted in a standalone W Series race there, which would have been logistically impossible for us.

“It will be a fitting way to end our breathless and action-packed eight-race season, and promises to be a very special weekend as we celebrate everything that W Series stands for and the giant strides we have made since launching three years ago.”

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Instead, the season will be brought to an end with a double-header at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

The two races will be held back-to-back over two consecutive days on the same weekend as the F1 United States Grand Prix.

Muir says being able to have two races go ahead on such a prestigious weekend in motorsport is something she would have struggled to believe when the series began.

 

“If you had told me then that we would stage two races on the same weekend at one of F1’s flagship events in just our second season, I would have pinched myself,” she added.

“W Series’ drivers have produced lots of wonderful racing already this year, seizing their opportunity to shine on motor racing’s greatest stage.

“I know they will be going flat out again at COTA where everything will be on the line and a grandstand finish to the season is guaranteed with Alice Powell and Jamie Chadwick level on points at the top of the championship standings.”