A 28-strong list of drivers have been selected for the next stage of selection for the inaugural W Series competition. High-profile names to make it through include Jamie Chadwick, Beitske Visser and Alice Powell, but former Lotus F1 test driver Carmen Jorda has missed out, having been named on the original list of entrants.
A total of 54 drivers took part in a three-day event in Melk, Austria looking to impress a judging panel of former F1 racers David Coulthard and Alex Wurz, IndyCar veteran Lyn St James and ex-F1 sporting director Dave Ryan.
The 28 chosen to go forward are set to be whittled down further to 18 in a test driving the car that will be used during the championship – tests in road cars comprised much of the on-track action this time around.
Sarah Bovy, Belgium Jamie Chadwick, UK Sabre Cook, USA Natalie Decker, USA Marta Garcia, Spain Megan Gilkes, Canada Grace Gui, China Esmee Hawkey, UK Jessica Hawkins, UK Shea Holbrook, USA Francesca Linossi, Italy Vivien Keszthelyi, Hungary Emma Kimilainen, Finland Natalia Kowalska, Poland Stephane Kox, The Netherlands Miki Koyama, Japan Milou Mets, The Netherlands Sarah Moore, UK Tasmin Pepper, South Africa Vicky Piria, Italy Alice Powell, UK Gosia Rdest, Poland Naomi Schiff, Belgium Shirley Van Der Lof, The Netherlands Beitske Visser, The Netherlands Alexandra Whitley, Australia Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein Caitlin Wood, Australian
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.