Williams team principal Claire Williams admits she has revised her view of all-women junior single-seater formula W Series having visited the first round of the championship in Hockenheim.
“I suppose I was somewhat reserved but somewhat critical of it in that I was worried it was a regressive step for women in motorsport and the promotion of that purely from a segregation perspective,” she said.
“At the moment our sport allows women to compete against men on a Sunday afternoon, unlike so many other sports: was creating a single championship for women only a regressive step?”
She said her visit to the season-opening race at the beginning of the month was a “good education for me”.
“I thought it was fantastic. The very fact that they’ve managed to get a whole new championship, regardless if it’s for men or women, off the ground in a short space of time, was pretty impressive. Organisationally it seemingly went very smoothly.
“And just to see a whole line of cars on the grid knowing that they were piloted for women was, I think, a historic moment. It was fantastic to see.
“It gives a platform for women that they don’t have at the moment. And if anything accelerates the process of promoting women in motorsport I think that can only be considered a good thing.”
Williams subsequent hired round one winner Jamie Chadwick to her team’s driver development programme. Chadwick “dominated” the weekend, said Williams.
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