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HustleRussell

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16,791 posts

105 months

Monday 29th April
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W Series, as discussed previously here begins in earnest this Saturday at Hockenheim.

Events will be shown live on C4 with this weekend's coverage starting at 14:45 if I remember correctly.

The grid consists of 18 exclusively female drivers selected through a merit-based screening process.

abzmike

1,388 posts

51 months

Monday 29th April
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HustleRussell said:
W Series, as discussed previously here begins in earnest this Saturday at Hockenheim.

Events will be shown live on C4 with this weekend's coverage starting at 14:45 if I remember correctly.

The grid consists of 18 exclusively female drivers selected through a merit-based screening process.
'exclusively female' and 'merit based'.... hmmm...
Motorsport seems to be trying to fix a problem by creating one.

HustleRussell

Original Poster:

16,791 posts

105 months

Monday 29th April
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abzmike said:
'exclusively female' and 'merit based'.... hmmm...
Motorsport seems to be trying to fix a problem by creating one.
This debate has been done to death in the existing thread which I linked in the OP.

With this thread I was intending to remind people that it's on, tell people how to watch and discuss the racing itself.

DaveTheRave87

1,347 posts

34 months

Monday 29th April
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Will there be grid men?

Eric Mc

107,447 posts

210 months

Monday 29th April
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Weren't we here before about 15 years ago -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_Woman

HorneyMX5

4,530 posts

95 months

Monday 29th April
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I'm looking forward to this and they've got a good team for the coverage.

poppopbangbang

1,107 posts

86 months

Tuesday 30th April
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One of my drivers is competing in this. Expecting her to have a few decent races as she is quick in an F1.

Adrian W

11,271 posts

173 months

Tuesday 30th April
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I cant work out what the cars actually are, other than single seaters

Kraken

1,109 posts

145 months

Tuesday 30th April
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Adrian W said:
I cant work out what the cars actually are, other than single seaters
They are Tatuus F3 cars with 1.8l turbo engines.

https://wseries.com/w-hub/tatuus-f3-t-318-tech-spe...

AlexRS2782

5,552 posts

158 months

Tuesday 30th April
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HorneyMX5 said:
I'm looking forward to this and they've got a good team for the coverage.
Same thoughts here. Plus it's always good to have motorsport on a mainstream channel.

Koln-RS

2,863 posts

157 months

Friday 3rd May
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W-Series - explained by Ted Kravitz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO4iKnwHqwE


Active75

171 posts

109 months

Friday 3rd May
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I hope it will be a challenging series. Jamie Chadwick (GBR) set the quickest time in both free practice sessions today.

I'd like to see competitive women teams in GT and Le Mans series too; Christina Nielsen, daughter of Le Mans driver Lars Erik Nielsen, drives her Ferrari pretty well and is the first woman to win a North American series.

JonChalk

2,128 posts

55 months

Saturday 4th May
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Chadwick destroyed the qualifying field in consistently wet conditions, something like 1.7s quicker than 2nd place.

The spread of times (albeit in the wet) does not bode well for a very close season of racing. That's not to Chadwick's discredit, only indicates (to me) a huge spread of experience, not necessarily a lack of talent in the field.

FourWheelDrift

77,834 posts

229 months

Saturday 4th May
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JonChalk said:
Chadwick destroyed the qualifying field in consistently wet conditions, something like 1.7s quicker than 2nd place.
She's too good for this series.

df76

1,960 posts

223 months

Saturday 4th May
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FourWheelDrift said:
JonChalk said:
Chadwick destroyed the qualifying field in consistently wet conditions, something like 1.7s quicker than 2nd place.
She's too good for this series.
She made everyone else look silly in the dry yesterday as well. Like a second a lap quicker. She should walk this, and hopefully grab an opportunity. Might also be the end of a few other careers....

Kraken

1,109 posts

145 months

Saturday 4th May
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df76 said:
She made everyone else look silly in the dry yesterday as well. Like a second a lap quicker. She should walk this, and hopefully grab an opportunity. Might also be the end of a few other careers....
Depends what you mean by opportunity. She's raced in several series and done exceptionally well.

Personally I think one woman dominating the series would be about the worst thing for the series as a whole.

df76

1,960 posts

223 months

Saturday 4th May
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Kraken said:
df76 said:
She made everyone else look silly in the dry yesterday as well. Like a second a lap quicker. She should walk this, and hopefully grab an opportunity. Might also be the end of a few other careers....
Depends what you mean by opportunity. She's raced in several series and done exceptionally well.

Personally I think one woman dominating the series would be about the worst thing for the series as a whole.
She needs a pro drive, perhaps in a factory GT team.

The time spreads are worrying, hopefully close up with more dry practice.

JonChalk

2,128 posts

55 months

Saturday 4th May
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Kraken said:
Personally I think one woman dominating the series would be about the worst thing for the series as a whole.
I agree - there's too little "balance" in the field; Visser and Powell are pretty experienced, and even they were miles off Chadwick's pace.

Chadwick should be in F2, not Tatiana Calderon.

Koln-RS

2,863 posts

157 months

Saturday 4th May
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I think this Series is a bold initiative - but, whether it provides entertaining racing remains to be seen. Single-seaters are seldom 'close' and, inevitably, the first year is going to be fairly experimental.

However, it seems to be very professionally run, and they've done well to get 20 women onto the grid who are within 6 seconds of each other.

It will be interesting to see if it does produce any future superstars, but it's more likely to be a feeder for more female races into other levels of the sport, which is probably a good thing.

ps isn't Chadwick also an Aston Martin factory driver, GTs ?

Edited by Koln-RS on Saturday 4th May 12:48

df76

1,960 posts

223 months

Saturday 4th May
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Koln-RS said:
ps isn't Chadwick also an Aston Martin factory driver, GTs ?

Edited by Koln-RS on Saturday 4th May 12:48
Just checked, and yes, and within the last couple of weeks she's been signed as a works junior driver. Will contest the VLN / N24 races this year as well.