An all-woman Formula One like motor racing championship is likely to hit the circuit as early as 2019.
If reports are to be believed, then 2019 can be a historic year for the sport of motorsports racing. Plans have been drawn up to stage a historic women-only motor racing championships in. The groundbreaking series could see women drivers comet at six races, five of which will be staged in Europe and the other in America, the information is gathered from leaked reports.
The reports reveal that one of the London-based company is behind the project and has the financial backing to get the landmark proposal off the ground. The series also has the support of Felix Porteiro, a former Spanish racing driver who competed against Lewis Hamilton in F1’s feeder series GP2. The leaked document also claims that the organizers have presented the series model to a couple of leading broadcasters, who have reportedly shown interest in broadcasting the series.
According to the Press Association, several leading women racing drivers approached by organisers regarding the series are “understood to be skeptical and believe a women’s only championship may harm or undermine their position within the industry”.
Motor racing is the biggest sport that does not offer an alternative for women to compete in standalone events, though there are no rules preventing women competing in the top series of the sport. The news comes two years after Formula One’s chief executive at the time, Bernie Ecclestone, suggested a separate championship for female drivers could run on Grand Prix weekends.
A spokesperson for the new series organisers said: “There will be no announcement for a number of months as we are undertaking a lot of research and completing our strategy. Starting something from scratch takes an enormous amount of time to get right.”
Italy’s Lella Lombardi and Maria Teresa de Filippis are the only female drivers to start a Formula One race in the championship’s history. Lombardi is the only women driver in the history of sports to have scored a point in the Formula One series. Post Lombardi era, Divina Galica, Desire Wilson and Giovanna Amati was engaged as Formula 1 drivers to compete in the series but could never manage to start from the grid.
In 2014, Susie Wolff became the first woman for 22 years to compete in a practice session and made four Friday appearances or the Williams Martini Racing team. Spaniard Carmen Jorda was a Formula One development driver from 2015 to 2017 for the Lotus and Renault Sport Formula One teams, and the Colombian Tatiana Calderon this year served as a development driver for the Sauber team