Lewis Hamilton not too long ago paid a go to to the W Sequence paddock as he requires a greater system for graduating from the class.
The all-female W Sequence, which options on the Formulation 1 race weekend help schedule, is now into its third marketing campaign, Williams-backed Jamie Chadwick being the runaway championship chief having received 5 races in succession to start out the season.
However whereas the Formulation Regional-level sequence presents super-licence factors, there aren’t any stipulations connected to the W Sequence to assist reward drivers who expertise success with a transfer up the junior ladder.
Chadwick received each the 2019 and 2021 titles forward of returning for 2022, her present championship lead placing her 75 factors forward of the pack.
Hamilton, who visited the W Sequence stars in Hungary, desires to get a pathway put in place, maybe which might see the W Sequence winner progress to Formulation 2, the ultimate junior class on the path to Formulation 1.
“I’ve been following the W Sequence all 12 months and for the previous few years. I’ve needed to go down there as a result of I needed to fulfill the younger, inspirational ladies there,” mentioned Hamilton as he defined the aim of his go to, quoted by GPFans.
“I’ve been watching the races between classes and I needed to go down there and for them.
“I really feel it’s nice we have now W Sequence, however we as a sport must do far more for younger women stepping into the game.
“For these ladies, there’s no development from the W Sequence. It’s been three years and we have to actually work on making an attempt to create…whenever you win that, do you progress into GP2 (F2) get a seat in [F2] or no matter it might be?
“We will positively do much more to help these women.”
Requested if he has put his views ahead on the matter, Hamilton replied: “I’ll.”
It have to be remembered the W Sequence, and push for elevated feminine participation, is at a really early stage
The W Sequence is totally a unbelievable addition to the junior racing ladder, providing a devoted class for feminine rivals to construct up racing expertise past karting, all below the watchful eyes of the Formulation 1 paddock, whereas they will additionally put their expertise on full show to Formulation 2 and Formulation 3 groups in search of future stars.
Nevertheless, that is solely the third season of W Sequence and it’ll take many extra years to create a stream of feminine expertise coming by way of the junior ranks who’ve been impressed by this unprecedented degree of alternative.
Hamilton’s Mercedes workforce, for instance, have one of many brightest feminine karting stars of their junior ranks, that being Luna Fluxa. However she was born in 2010, displaying simply how long run of a undertaking that is.
Undoubtedly there may be loads of expertise within the present W Sequence subject, though the dominant Chadwick elsewhere on the junior ladder has raced no increased than the Formulation 3 class.
So, forcing drivers up the ladder earlier than they’re prepared may simply have a really detrimental impression on their careers.