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W Series Silverstone: Chadwick takes dominant home win

Jamie Chadwick eased to another comfortable victory in the W Series with a dominant display at Silverstone, while there was a penultimate lap clash between Emma Kimilainen and Abbi Pulling.

W Series Britain: Chadwick beats Kimilainen for pole at Silverstone

Jamie Chadwick has taken her third pole position of the 2022 W Series campaign, beating Emma Kimilainen for top spot in qualifying for her home round at Silverstone.

Pulling not feeling pressure as Chadwick's main W Series challenger

W Series racer Abbi Pulling says she doesn't feel under more pressure one year on from her debut in the series as Jamie Chadwick's main title challenger after three rounds.

Lewis Hamilton "compelled" to defend Naomi Schiff after F1 online abuse

Lewis Hamilton says he felt “compelled” to defend racing driver and Sky Sports Formula 1 presenter Naomi Schiff after she faced online abuse from a troll.

W Series Spain: Chadwick keeps Pulling at bay for lights-to-flag win

Jamie Chadwick maintained her flawless start to the defence of her W Series title with a third consecutive victory in a dominant performance in Spain.

W Series Spain: Chadwick beats Powell to pole

Jamie Chadwick has beaten Alice Powell to pole position for the W Series Barcelona round to maintain her storming start to the 2022 season.

W Series Miami: Chadwick claims double with lights-to-flag victory

Jamie Chadwick took her second W Series win of the weekend in Miami on Sunday, marking her fourth consecutive series victory.

W Series Miami: Chadwick takes victory in dramatic showdown

Jamie Chadwick clinched victory in a dramatic W Series season opener in Miami, snatching back the lead from Emma Kimilainen in a last-lap shootout.

W Series Miami: Marti snatches pole in red-flagged qualifying

Nerea Marti took pole for the first W Series race in Miami after a red flag scuppered a last-minute flying lap from Alice Powell.

Toyota Racing Series to loan cars to W Series

The Toyota Racing Series will loan 18 of its FT60 cars to the W Series to be used at two separate events this season.

Just how good is Japanese racing prodigy Juju Noda?

Japan’s Juju Noda will be the youngest driver on the grid when she tackles the W Series this year. But just how good is the much-heralded 16-year-old? Jamie Klein investigates.

W Series announces 2022 line-up; five new drivers to join

W Series has announces its full line up for the 2022 season, with five new drivers making their championship debut.

Chadwick explains W Series return, responds to criticism

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has responded to criticism of her return to the series, saying she wasn’t able to secure enough funding to move up the single-seater pyramid.

Japan's Noda among drivers announced for W Series Barcelona test

Juju Noda, the daughter of 1990s Formula 1 driver Hideki Noda, is among the drivers to have been announced for W Series’ three-day on-track test in Barcelona next week.

Chadwick's U-turn poses big questions for W Series Prime

Chadwick's U-turn poses big questions for W Series

With two W Series titles under her belt, Jamie Chadwick appears to be the perfect candidate to break into FIA Formula 3. But a shock return to the series in 2022 appears a curious move – not just for her, but for the all-female series too

W Series CEO defends double champion Chadwick's surprise return

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir has defended Jamie Chadwick’s return to the series despite being a double champion.

Chadwick announces surprise W Series return with Jenner Racing

Reigning W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will return to contest her third title in 2022, driving for Caitlyn Jenner's new team.

Caitlyn Jenner buys W Series team for 2022 season
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Caitlyn Jenner buys W Series team for 2022 season

A team owned by Caitlyn Jenner will compete in the 2022 W Series season, with the former Olympic athlete becoming team principal of Jenner Racing.

W Series adds Suzuka round to eight-race 2022 calendar

W Series has revealed its 2022 calendar, featuring eight races in support of Formula 1, including the series’ first-ever round in Asia.

W Series to host prospective driver test in Arizona for 2022 season

W Series will hold a test for prospective drivers in the US ahead of the 2022 season, with 14 drivers confirmed for the Arizona event.

Eaton reveals extent of injuries after W Series COTA kerb incident

W Series driver Abbie Eaton has revealed she suffered two fractured vertebrae after making contact with one of the Circuit of the Americas’ sausage kerbs.

Future W Series champions could get FIA F3 seat, says Mouton
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Future W Series champions could get FIA F3 seat, says Mouton

The FIA has proposed that future W Series champions could move into a Formula 3 seat, according to rally legend Michele Mouton.

Chadwick not planning W Series return in 2022
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Chadwick not planning W Series return in 2022

Two-time W Series title winner Jamie Chadwick has no plans to return to the championship next season.

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue Prime

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick finds herself in a predicament. The Williams F1 development driver has more than proven herself in the all-female series and has little to gain from returning. But where should she go next? And how will the series move forwards if she elects to take up her reserved slot on next year's grid? Whatever she decides, it poses important questions for the series' future

Garcia withdrew from W Series COTA race due to anxiety COTA
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Garcia withdrew from W Series COTA race due to anxiety

Marta Garcia withdrew from Sunday's W Series race in Austin due to suffering from anxiety, she has revealed.

Eaton left with compression fracture after hitting "ridiculous" COTA kerb

W Series driver Abbie Eaton called the Circuit of the Americas' sausage kerbs “ridiculous", after contact with one of them left her with a vertebral compression fracture.

Chadwick: 2021 W Series title "felt harder fought" than 2019 triumph

Jamie Chadwick says her 2021 W Series title felt “harder fought” than her 2019 win, but feels “sweeter” because of the tough season-long battle.

COTA W Series: Chadwick champion after dominating finale COTA
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COTA W Series: Chadwick champion after dominating finale

Jamie Chadwick was crowned the W Series 2021 champion after dominating the second race of the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

COTA W Series: Chadwick wins race one, Powell third COTA
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COTA W Series: Chadwick wins race one, Powell third

Jamie Chadwick took victory in the penultimate W Series race of the season in Austin, while Alice Powell made up seven places to finish third amid a scorching title fight.

COTA W Series: Pulling pips Chadwick to pole, Powell ninth

Abbi Pulling will start on pole for the first W Series race in Austin, while joint points leader Jamie Chadwick lines up in the top spot for the championship decider.

COTA W Series: Chadwick tops red-flagged second practice COTA
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COTA W Series: Chadwick tops red-flagged second practice

Jamie Chadwick topped the second W Series practice at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday in a session cut short by a red flag.

COTA W Series: Chadwick tops FP1 for season finale COTA
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COTA W Series: Chadwick tops FP1 for season finale

Jamie Chadwick topped the first W Series practice session at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday, leading from Abbi Pulling heading into the season-finale double-header.

Sidorkova to miss W Series Austin finale after US visa denied COTA
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Sidorkova to miss W Series Austin finale after US visa denied

Russian W Series driver Irina Sidorkova will miss the final two races in Austin this weekend after she was denied a US visa.

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite Prime

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite

She came into 2021 as a W Series title contender, but Beitske Visser has had a frustrating season, marred by a horrific crash at Spa and floundering in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. After misfortune and on-track clashes, the Dutch driver wishes the season was just starting now

Top eight W Series drivers will automatically qualify for 2022 seats
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Top eight W Series drivers will automatically qualify for 2022 seats

The top eight W Series drivers at the end of this season will qualify automatically for the 2022 season, the championship has confirmed.

W Series reserve Pulling drafted in at PUMA for COTA finale

W Series reserve driver Abbi Pulling will race in the double-header in Austin, taking the second PUMA seat for her third and fourth appearances of the season.

W Series drops Mexico round, will hold Austin double-header
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W Series drops Mexico round, will hold Austin double-header

W Series will now hold two races at the US Grand Prix as its season finale, rather than also racing in Mexico, after changes to the Formula 1 calendar.

Kimilainen: Racing 'doesn't define me', reduces results pressure

W Series race winner Emma Kimilainen says her driving career “doesn’t define me as a person” and that stops her from putting too much pressure on results.

Zandvoort W Series: Powell wins again to draw level with Chadwick

Alice Powell took her third W Series win of the season at Zandvoort, drawing level in the points standings with pre-event leader Jamie Chadwick as polesitter Emma Kimilainen finished third.

Zandvoort W Series: Kimilainen takes pole ahead of Powell

Emma Kimilainen has taken her first W Series pole position of the season at Zandvoort, beating title rivals Alice Powell and Jamie Chadwick to the top spot.

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet Prime

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet

As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments

Zandvoort W Series: Chadwick leads practice from title rival Powell

Jamie Chadwick was quickest in W Series practice at Zandvoort, leading from championship rival Alice Powell.

Michele Mouton criticised for negative W Series comments

Rally legend Michele Mouton has been criticised after saying that W Series is a “limited and discriminating” championship.

Spa W Series: Kimilainen passes Chadwick to win wet race

Emma Kimilainen took her second W Series win in a drenched race at Spa, sweeping past reigning champion Jamie Chadwick to win by over eight seconds. 

Spa W Series crash underlines modern car safety advances - Visser

Beitske Visser has said walking away from the horrific W Series crash at Spa with no severe injuries is “proof” that cars are safer now than they used to be.

Agren and Visser transferred to hospital after Spa W series crash

W Series drivers Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser have been transferred to hospital after a horrific crash during the qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Spa W Series: Chadwick takes pole after horrific Eau Rouge crash

Jamie Chadwick took W Series pole position ahead of title rival Alice Powell at Spa in a qualifying session overshadowed by a serious multiple-car crash.

Spa W Series: Chadwick tops practice from Wohlwend

W Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick topped practice at Spa-Francorchamps, leading the field by a tenth to take the top spot for the second consecutive round.

Hungary W Series: Chadwick dominates to take second win

Jamie Chadwick dominated the W Series race at the Hungaroring, crossing the line more than 10 seconds ahead of title rival Alice Powell.

Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick takes pole from title rival Powell

Jamie Chadwick took pole position in W Series qualifying at the Hungaroring ahead of championship rival Alice Powell.

Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick dominant in Friday practice Budapest
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Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick dominant in Friday practice

Jamie Chadwick dominated W Series practice in Hungary, leading the field by over seven tenths from 2019 championship rival Beitske Visser.

How Powell is making the most of a second chance in W Series

After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future

Wood to make W Series comeback in Hungary Budapest
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Wood to make W Series comeback in Hungary

Caitlin Wood will make her first W Series appearance of the current campaign during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Silverstone W Series: Powell profits from Wohlwend error to win

Alice Powell snatched victory in the W Series race at Silverstone, passing Fabienne Wohlwend for the lead just five minutes before the chequered flag.

Silverstone W Series: Powell takes pole for home event

Alice Powell took pole position in W Series qualifying at her home round at Silverstone as part of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix support package.

Silverstone W Series: Powell leads Chadwick in Friday practice Silverstone
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Silverstone W Series: Powell leads Chadwick in Friday practice

Alice Powell led W Series practice at her home round at Silverstone as part of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix support package, topping the timesheet ahead of Jamie Chadwick.

W Series Austria: Chadwick dominates second Spielberg race Spielberg II
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W Series Austria: Chadwick dominates second Spielberg race

Jamie Chadwick took a lights-to-flag victory in the second 2021 W Series race in Austria, starting on pole before building up a lead of more than five seconds to win.

W Series Austria: Champion Chadwick claims Red Bull Ring pole Spielberg II
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W Series Austria: Champion Chadwick claims Red Bull Ring pole

Jamie Chadwick took pole position in W Series qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, finishing over a tenth clear of Beitske Visser, who will start second on the grid.

W Series Austria: Reigning champion Chadwick heads practice Spielberg II
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W Series Austria: Reigning champion Chadwick heads practice

Jamie Chadwick led practice for the second round of W Series in Austria, beating Irina Sidorkova and old rival Beitske Visser to the top spot.

Styria W Series: Powell takes lights-to-flag win in opener Spielberg
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Styria W Series: Powell takes lights-to-flag win in opener

Alice Powell took her second W Series win in a dramatic season-opening race at the Red Bull Ring, leading lights-to-flag to take back-to-back victories.