With the W Series calendar being fully announced last month we finally could see the F1 events it will support. Formula 2 and Formula 3 are not running on the same weekends from 2021 onwards. Some thought there was an outside chance W Series would be the sole support series to F1 on the weekends when F2 and F3 weren’t present.
Alas, that wasn’t to be, and W Series will run concurrently with many F3 races next year. But which races will the two both share support duties to Formula 1? Well, we’ve created this helpful little guide for you! Use this to understand when the W Series and Formula 3 calendar line up.
W Series and Formula 3 shared races
Formula 3 gets underway in May with the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. W Series has to wait a further seven weeks for their season opener at France. The Paul Ricard circuit is scheduled to host round 9 of Formula 1, and the second race of Formula 3’s calendar, too. Races are scheduled throughout the 25th-27th June weekend.
One week later the entire circus moves on to Austria where the F1 and F3 seasons began in 2020. Spielberg will have Formula 3 and W Series competing around the quick undulating circuit. The Red Bull Ring will host races over the 2nd-4th July weekend.
Formula 3 will then enjoy a race event “off” from the F1 schedule before rejoining at Budapest at the end of July. The F1 mid-season break that traditionally begins following the Hungaroring race will coincide with the F3 and W Series halfway points, too. Race events are over 30th/31st July-1st August.
The double-header events of the Belgian and Dutch Grands Prix will also be an F1/F3/W Series bonanza. The end of the summer break at Spa-Francorchamps over the 27th-29th August weekend has the three series competing once again. One week later on 3rd-5th September, it’s the turn of Zandvoort to have the same honour.
After racing around Europe all summer, W Series and Formula 3 will join forces for the final time in 2021 in the USA. Over the 22nd-24th October Formula 3’s calendar concludes with a season finale at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The race will mark the first time W Series will race outside of Europe too.
W Series and Formula 2 shared races
Despite W Series sharing five race events throughout the 2021 calendar, Formula 2 has just one event where international open-wheel support duties are shared. With F2 and F3 now split apart, it falls to W Series to partner up with Formula 2.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone over the 16th-18th July will see Formula 2 and W Series share a weekend. Both racing series will be 3 events deep into their respective calendars at this point, with F2 racing at Bahrain and Monaco, too.
The W Series will end its season at Mexico on 30th October. The unique ex-baseball stadium grandstand dominates the final sector of the Mexico City circuit. It is a fitting stage for the champion to be crowned.
It’s worthwhile noting that the new F2 and F3 race weekend format sees two races on Saturday and one on Sunday. The W Series weekend format as an F1 support series is not known, but the published calendar only shows races on Saturday dates. Whether this will follow or precede F1 qualifying remains to be seen.