W Series adds COTA double header as 2021 season finale

Mexico race cancelled due to logistical difficulties.

W Series adds COTA double header as 2021 season finale

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  • Rescheduling of F1 race meant W Series had to cancel Mexico event
  • Double header to take place on 23rd and 24th October

Female single-seater championship W Series has announced its revised 2021 calendar, culminating in a double-header finale at the Circuit of Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Formula One's Mexican Grand Prix was moved to the first weekend of November. However, W Series, which is one of Formula One's support championships, will be unable to race that weekend due to logistical difficulties.

Instead, the 2021 W Series season will finish with a double header at COTA, which will be the first rounds this season to be staged outside of Europe.

The races will take place on 23rd and 24th October in support of Formula One's United States Grand Prix.

"We are, of course, disappointed not to be able to conclude our 2021 season at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico, where support for W Series and our mission is very strong," said Catherine Bond Muir, chief executive of W Series.

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

"Our focus now shifts to Austin, Texas, US, and what promises to be a spectacular season finale at the Circuit of the Americas for W Series’ first races outside of Europe, and first race on a Formula One Grand Prix Sunday.

"COTA always puts on a great show and the circuit has provided countless dramatic on-track moments over the years, so I am delighted that we will have a double-header there. 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.

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

Elsewhere, Formula One has revealed the date of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on 8th May 2022.

The event will take place around Hard Rock Stadium, home to the National Football League's (NFL) Miami Dolphins, on a purpose-built street circuit.

In addition, the race will join the United States Grand Prix at COTA as the second US-based Grand Prix on the Formula One calendar, a goal that series owner Liberty Media has been working towards since 2017.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the Formula One community and the sport’s fanbase worldwide are going to be amazed by what they see next May," said Richard Cregan, Miami Grand Prix chief executive.

"The circuit construction is progressing in line with expectations, and now that we have our date confirmed with Formula One, we can rapidly follow up with revealing more of the detail of the experience that will be enjoyed at the trackside which will make this a truly stand-out addition to the calendar.

"This location is already well known for creating unforgettable experiences for events like the Super Bowl and Miami Open. We look forward to embracing an entirely new global sporting occasion."