As happened when the project was unveiled in October 2018, the category W Series exclusively for women is back in the eye of the storm. Taking advantage of the start of the 2021 tournament, the second of the specialty, the German pilot Sophia Flörsch, which currently runs in the Wec and DTM, questioned whether this initiative will serve so that in the future there will be a female presence in the F1.
“The winner is 28 years old. The average age on the podium? ", Flörsch shot on Twitter in reference to the English Alice powell, which was imposed at the start of the tournament that was held within the framework of the Styrian Grand Prix of F.1. “There is no opportunity to compete against men in the upper classes. In the end, 15 superlicense points for what? "added the German, who in 2018 achieved world fame for surviving a creepy accident during the Macau Formula 3 GP.
“All the viewers see women who are just too slow. This is the only test showing the W Series. The wrong way! ", the German insisted, who later deleted the comment.
However, Powell echoed it and asked him if his age prevented him from achieving a victory. "Congratulations on your victory. You must address this argument in F.1 if you want to use the 15 superlicense points "Floersch replied, doubling the bet.
Later, he delved into his arguments why the W Series doesn't make much sense. “What inspires young women the most? Drivers with no chances in real motorsports or a girl who competes with the best? Are you looking for a college for girls? Or do you prefer to go to the same university with boys? ", said he assured and then affirmed that due to the rhythm that the participants have They seem to run more on a Formula 4 car than a Formula 3.
Finally, the German assured that the best way for women to progress in motorsports is to support them from the beginning and not by creating an exclusive category: “Which girl from the W Series will triumph in an F.1 competing against men? It's good to inspire young girls, no doubt. Be realistic about the situation girls will encounter in karting, F.4 or F.3. A backup is necessary at the age of 8 to 16 years. You can't ignore that ”.
In the W Series all the pilots compete without contributing money, although to be part of the category they must pass a selection. In 2019 he completed his first championship, which remained for The English Jamie Chadwick, a twenty-something who shortly after was recruited by the team Williams of Formula 1 to be its development driver.
The 2020 contest was canceled due to the pandemic and the 2021 contest began last weekend at the Red Bull Ring in the first of several presentations that the specialty will hold as the opening act for F.1.