Season two of the women-only W Series has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The W Series had been due to compete across an eight-weekend season, continuing to support the German Touring Cars DTM for six rounds before joining the Formula 1 support paddock in Mexico and the United States.
The announcement sees W Series become the first international championship to outright cancel their 2020 plans.
"After the resounding success of W Series’ debut season in 2019, our decision not to stage on-track races until 2021 is not one that has been taken lightly," says W Series CEO, Catherine Bond Muir.
W Series officials are already plotting for a strong return to action in 2021, and Bond-Muir confirmed that positions on the Formula 1 support bill for the races in Mexico and the United States have been assured.
Bond-Muir added: "W Series is a global movement that exists to support the careers of female racing drivers everywhere, and to foster interest in and enthusiasm for motor racing among girls and women all over the world.
"The 18 women who had qualified to race in the 2020 W Series represent 12 different countries, and the eight circuits on which they were due to race this year are located in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America and Central America. Delivering an international calendar of the kind that W Series requires, so as to take W Series’ diversity and inclusion message to girls and women globally, while prioritising during a global pandemic the health and safety of our drivers, our staff and the many other people who make W Series events such a success, requires resource at a level beyond the scope of a brave new start-up such as W Series."
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