The W Series will have each of its races broadcast on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom, it has been confirmed, with Channel 4 picking up rights to air the first season of the female-only racing series in its on-track entirety.
The series has been established in an attempt to help women into Formula 1 and will debut at a grand prix venue in Hockenheim.
Established by a group of F1 veterans led by 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, the W Series will offer a $1.5million prize pot to 18 racers in 2019.
The European F3 Championship has run as a support act to DTM in recent years, with the likes of Lando Norris, Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon making it to F1 – it will be hoped that appearing in front of the DTM's crowd will give the W Series similar exposure.
With live F1 having almost entirely departed from free-to-air TV in the UK this year – only the British GP will be live on C4 – the W Series will effectively become the most prominent racing series on British airwaves, giving the inaugural running a huge potential boost.
Yes, it will air live on Channel 4 every race weekend. You’ll also be able to rewatch on 4 Catch-Up.
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