Here's The Shortlist Of Drivers Hoping To Enter The All-Female W Series Next Year

Here's The Shortlist Of Drivers Hoping To Enter The All-Female W Series Next Year

55 drivers have been selected from over 100 applicants to take part in a three-day test to determine the 18-strong grid for the first season of W Series in 2019

The announcement of a single-seater championship exclusively for women earlier in the year divided opinion initially but the level of interest is clearly quite strong. This is possibly because the W Series provides a very rare opportunity in motorsport, and that’s the lack of funding required from the driver’s side.

Of the many applications, 55 drivers have been put on a shortlist which includes some familiar names, such as British F3 racer Jamie Chadwick, former Formula Renault UK and Asia Champion Alice Powell and former Lotus F1 development driver Carmen Jorda - a slightly controversial figure in recent years regarding the conversation around women in motorsport.

Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said of the driver announcements:

“We are thrilled but perhaps not surprised by the response. Even today there is a massive gender imbalance in motorsport and W Series is making the first step to correct that. Drivers from all over the world have stepped forward, so it’s clear that with the right framework we can make the changes this sport desperately needs.”

Former Red Bull junior driver Beitske Visser is also among the candidates. (c) Red Bull Content Pool
Former Red Bull junior driver Beitske Visser is also among the candidates. (c) Red Bull Content Pool

Here’s the full list:

  • Ayla Agren, 25, Norway
  • Amna Al Qubaisi,18, UAE
  • Chelsea Angelo, 22, Australia
  • Carmen Boix, 23, Spain
  • Sarah Bovy, 29, Belgium
  • Toni Breidinger, 19, USA
  • Ivana Cetinich, 22, South Africa
  • Jamie Chadwick, 20, UK
  • Veronika Cicha, 31, Czech Republic
  • Sabre Cook, 24, USA
  • Courtney Crone, 17, USA
  • Natalie Decker, 21, USA
  • Mira Erda, 18, India
  • Carlotta Fedeli, 26, Italy
  • Cassie Gannis, 27, USA
  • Marta Garcia, 18, Spain
  • Michelle Gatting, 24, Denmark
  • Angelique Germann, 27 Germany
  • Megan Gilkes, 17, Canada
  • Samin Gomez, 26, Venezuela
  • Grace Gui, 27, China
  • Michelle Halder, 19, Germany
  • Esmee Hawkey, 20, UK
  • Jessica Hawkins, 23, UK
  • Shea Holbrook, 28, USA
  • Carmen Jorda, 30, Spain
  • Vivien Keszthelyi, 17, Hungary
  • Emma Kimilainen, 29, Finland
  • Natalia Kowalska, 28, Poland
  • Stephane Kox, 24, Netherland
  • Miki Koyama, 21, Japan
  • Fabienne Lanz, 32, South Africa
  • Milla Mäkelä, 25, Finland
  • Alexandra Marinescu, 18, Romania
  • Milou Mets, 28, Netherlands
  • Sheena Monk, 29, USA
  • Sarah Moore, 25, UK
  • Marylin Niederhauser, 22, Germany
  • Tasmin Pepper, 28, South Africa
  • Vicky Piria, 24, Italy
  • Taegen Poles, 20, Canada
  • Alice Powell, 25, UK
  • Charlotte Poynting, 20, Australia
  • Naomi Schiff, 24, Belgium
  • Carrie Schriener, 20, Germany
  • Sharon Scolari, 23, Switzerland
  • Doreen Seidel, 33, Germany
  • Siti Shahkirah, 24, Malaysia
  • Sneha Sharma, 28, India
  • Bruna Tomaselli, 21, Brazil
  • Shirley Van Der Lof, 31, Netherlands
  • Beitske Visser, 23, Netherlands
  • Fabienne Wohlwend, 21, Lichenstein
  • Caitlin Wood, 21, Australia
  • Hanna Zellers, 21, USA

Notable absentees from the list include Euro F3 racer Sophia Floersch and Sauber test driver Tatiana Calderon, both of whom are likely to be racing on the pre-existing single-seater ladder anyway.

The 55 drivers will undergo a series of on- and off-track tests over a three day period, with former F1 drivers Alex Wurz and David Coulthard on the judging panel, along with series director and former McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan.

From this process, the 18 best drivers will be selected to compete in the six-round F3-spec series, which gets underway in May next year as part of the DTM support package. A $1.5 million prize pool will be divided among the drivers at the end of the series based on their final championship standings, offering funding which is hoped can be used to allow the drivers to push further on up the motorsport ladder.