W Series unveils a revised Calendar as testing gets underway in Anglesey
W Series have announced their revised race calendar for the 2021 season as pre-season testing gets underway in Anglesey.
The original calendar for the 2021 season was revised due to growing international Covid-19 travel restrictions in Turkey, which meant that the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix (originally replacing the Canadian Grand Prix) was cancelled, and French Grand Prix moved to the 11th to 13th June. As a result, the first round of the W Series 2021 race calendar in France could no longer go ahead as planned.
This morning it was announced that the opening round will take place in Spielberg, Austria on the 26th of June supporting the Formula 1 championship at the Red Bull Ring and the second round will also support the following weeks Austrian GP at the same circuit on the 3rd of July.
The rest of the race calendar, at present, remains the same.
Testing In Anglesey
The Opening race in Austria will not only be the first W Series race under the new partnership with Formula 1, but also the first race since the last round of the inaugural season at Brands Hatch in 2019 due to the pandemic.
Chief Executive Officer of W Series Catherine Bond Muir said “I am overjoyed that the waiting is finally over. If you had told me when Alice Powell won our last race at Brands Hatch that I would have to wait 646 days to see our cars on track again, I wouldn’t have believed you”.
The new race dates were unveiled ahead of five days of pre-season testing in Anglesey in Wales from today where, as well as testing, a range of new liveries were unveiled following criticism from fans in the 2019 season that cars were hard to distinguish between.
The 2019 W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick said on Monday morning “This week’s pre-season test is vital. I have driven at Anglesey once before – in British F3 in 2017 – and the track is perfect for testing so I am sure we will all learn a huge amount over the five days.”
“Through my work with Prema in the Formula Regional European Championship last year and my development driver role with the Williams F1 team, I have learnt so much about how to approach races and I hope that will make the difference this year.”
All eyes now look forward to the next four days of pre-season testing ahead of the opening rounds of the second season of W-Series.