SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 02: Beitske Visser of Netherlands and Sirin Racing (95) and Marta Garcia of Spain and CortDAO W Series Team (19) lead the field into turn one at the start during the W Series Round 6 race at Marina Bay Street Circuit on October 02, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Hamilton believes F1 should have helped W Series
The seven time world champion believes more could have been done to help W Series
W Series planned 10 races this season, and only ran seven of them. This means that Jamie Chadwick, who has won both past seasons, won her third this year.
Chadwick has made her intentions clear, she wants to be in Formula 1 one day. Lewis Hamilton wants to pave a way for women to get themselves in Formula 1. He said:
“There is not enough representation across the board within our industry. There is not really a pathway for those young, amazing drivers to even get to Formula 1. Then you have some people who say: ‘We’re never going to see a female F1 driver’. That’s not a good narrative to be putting out. So, I think we need to be doing more.”
Hamilton’s initiative to get women in motorsports
Hamilton has also considered Formula 1’s capital recently. Since landing two new racing locations, Miami and Las Vegas, F1 has seen a large boost in revenue. Drive to Survive also has a part to play in that.
Hamilton believes that this financial gain could have been used to help W Series. He said, “With the organisation, with Formula 1 and Liberty [W Series’ failed funding] doing so well, it was not a lot for them to be able to help out in that space.”
For a long time, Hamilton has been trying to get more young women into Formula 1. He has been working with Mercedes to get 8000 young girls into motorsports. Hamilton believes “Every team should be doing that.”
W Series are now focusing on their funding 2023 and beyond to get racing again.
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