Emily Cary highlights some key drivers from Round 2 of the W Series doubleheader.
July 10, 2021
The W Series doubleheader finished off with a second-round at the Red Bull Ring. Here we look at another four drivers and how their weekends went.
Beitske Visser is a 26-year-old Dutch driver for M. Forbes Motorsport. She won the European karting KZ2 championship in 2010 and the Zandvoort race of Formula ADAC in 2012. In the first race of the season, she finished 12th but was ready to improve on the second weekend. She went 3rd fastest in practice and had her sights set on pole position, but she couldn’t outqualify the reigning champion, Jamie Chadwick, so she lined up second on the grid for the race. She had a bad start after stalling on the grid but was able to make up places throughout the race. Unfortunately, she finished just outside the points in 11th, but her work during the race showed that she should be someone to look out for.
Marta Garcia from the Puma W Series Team is a 20-year-old Spanish driver. In 2019, she was one of the many winners in W Series, winning the 4th round at the Norisring. During the first round Marta DNFed; this was her chance to make up places in the championship standings. She finished just behind Visser in practice and was looking good in terms of her chance for pole. She qualified 7th, so she had to have a good start to stay in the points. Similar to Visser, she stalled on the opening lap, losing positions quickly. She later had contact with her teammate, solidifying a forgettable race for the Spanish driver. She was eventually able to finish 12th, but it wasn’t the finish she was hoping for.
Sarah Moore is from the United Kingdom, 27 years old, and drives for Scuderia W. She is an openly LGBTQ+ driver and wants to inspire more LGBTQ+ drivers to feel comfortable being themselves in and out of the car. She made history in the last round as the first openly LGBTQ+ person to stand on the podium during a Grand Prix weekend after taking second. Moore didn’t have a good practice, only reaching 17th, but was hopeful she could turn it around for qualifying. The team found a problem with her car, so she wasn’t able to come out until 15 minutes into qualifying. She ended up P8 and was ready to attack on the start. Moore made up a few places at the start and made her way up the P4 just outside of podium contention. This finish helped her keep 2nd in the championship standings.
Racing X driver Jessica Hawkins hails from the United Kingdom and is 26 years old. She was the British Open Champion and is also a driver ambassador for the Aston Martin F1 Team. She came in 16th last race after she received a penalty for colliding with Chadwick. She was hoping for a better result this week. In practice, she struggled only being able to get into 11th, and qualifying was similar. She couldn’t get the tyres up to temperature and qualified 15th. She had a decent start, but she couldn’t find any more pace, so she eventually finished 16th, not being able to impact her championship position.
Qualifying seemed to be an issue for all 4 drivers, but some were able to capitalize on their position more than others. We are looking forward to the next round at Silverstone on the 16th and 17th of July.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am Emily Cary, I am 18 years old, and I am from the United Kingdom. I have a strong passion for Formula 1. My favorite drivers are George Russell, Alex Albon, Charles Leclerc, and Max Verstappen. I am in my final year of Six Form before going to university to study PE with teacher training. I like to spend time with my friends, family and playing sports like dance and cricket. My passion for Formula 1 comes from the thrill and the excitement of watching the drivers drive and fight for their position on the track, also seeing the competitiveness and the drive that the drives have. Also, seeing the drivers doing the best they can to succeed and prove themself within the sport. This is the first article that I am writing about Formula 1, and hopefully, it will not be the last.
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