Lewis Hamilton disappointed by F1’s role in stopping W Series: ‘Not enough focus on women in sport’
Earlier this month, it was announced that the W Series could no longer handle financially, and as a result the current season would not be completed. According to Lewis Hamilton, the owner of Formula 1 – Liberty Media – could have intervened to keep the women-only series.
Jimmy Chadwick was crowned the class champion at the end of the year. Policy makers from the W Series are currently trying to raise funds for its launch next year, but that seems highly uncertain. The idea was to give women a platform with the W Series so they could show what they could do. This season, the penultimate round of the championship was to take place in Circuit of the Americas, as a support act for Formula 1. However, it didn’t get that far, because a failed deal with an American investor meant that the season could not be completed.
“Attention is not on women”
At the US Grand Prix press conference, Hamilton is referring to the role of Formula 1. When asked if Formula 1 could do something, the 37-year-old Briton replied: “One hundred percent sure, I think in any case. There has been a lot of interest in women in motorsports, it has been throughout the history of Formula 1. In 2018, when the W Series was announced, everyone was still jubilant. The idea of a woman’s return to Formula 1 for the long-term was the starting point. With the class in danger of disappearing, this task seems futile.
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Formula 1 W Series can help
“Now there is no way for these young, cool drivers to get into Formula 1. There are people who say: ‘There will never be a female F1 driver.'” I don’t think that’s a strong story, we just say the Mercedes driver. In his eyes, the American owner of Formula 1, the W Series could help. According to various sources, the debt would have risen to $ 7.5 million and Hamilton believes Liberty Media should help. “We can do a lot to encourage young women to do this,” Hamilton said. .
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