Women-only championship W Series should help promote female racers into mixed motorsport competitions, according to the head of the FIA’s single-seater commission Stefano Domenicali.
Domenicali is keen to see the championship function as a means of promoting women racers into higher echelons of motor racing.
“I do believe in the integration of women and men in our sport because there is no reason why we should keep them separate,” he said.
“I do believe the positive of this is that we are creating an environment that can help to boost the women to get into the system. Then I think that we will make a point in the next three, four years to see how that has boosted up the women attention. And then of course if that has helped we need to integrate.”
The last female racer to enter a round of the world championship was Brabham’s Giovanna Amati in 1992. This year Tatiana Calderon became the first woman to race in the revived Formula 2 category.
Domenicali does not think W Series should grow into a stand-alone international series separate from mixed competitions. “It depends on the development,” he said. “It could but I think that would be not the objective this series should have.”
Jamie Chadwick, who won the first W Series championship this year, tested a Euroformula Open car at Silverstone earlier this month. W Series began the driver selection programme for its 2020 season at the Almera circuit in Spain on Monday.
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