Report: F1 working on new all-female feeder series

Report follows early end to 2022 W Series season due to funding issues.
  • F1-backed series to be up and running for 2023 season
  • Will have no affiliation with W Series
  • Category will be targeted at drivers in their teens

Formula One is working to create an all-female feeder series for next season, according to ESPN.

The current goal is for the series to be up and running for the start of the 2023 season, as Formula One hopes to provide a more defined path through the existing feeder series pyramid.

The ESPN report says that the new women's series will be targeted at drivers in their teens, with ESPN reporting that Formula One executives believe that current W Series entrants are too old to have a realistic chance of making it in the new all-female competition.

W Series, the only dedicated all-female feeder series, curtailed its 2022 season following funding issues, but chief executive Catherine Bond Muir is confident the series will secure the appropriate investment to continue next season.

This new Formula One-backed alternative will have no affiliation to the W Series, ESPN said.

Teams already involved in Formula Two and Formula Three will reportedly step into this new series and the hope is that they will promote through each step of the ladder.

BlackBook says…

Formula One was never going to step in with financial help for the struggling W Series, despite many thinking that the Liberty-owned organisation should. The unfortunate reality is that plenty of feeder series have failed before without help being offered from above.

The hope is that W Series will be able to secure the appropriate backing to continue, but it is good that Formula One recognises that something needs to be done to address the gender imbalance in the sport.

In theory, the two series can also co-exist as Formula One is targeting a much younger demographic of drivers. Issues will arise if this leads to commercial and broadcast competition. What, for example, will this mean for Sky's broadcast deal with the W Series moving forward?

What can't happen is that the two series are pitted against each other when the focus should be on promoting greater female participation across motorsport.

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