2021 Austrian Grand Prix: The W Series debrief

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W Series stayed in Austria for Round 2 of 2021. The same venue and the same drivers, but absolutely not the same result. Six podium finishers in just two races is a tantalising prospect for the rest of the season. As we go into a one week break before heading to Silverstone, what did the GP Grandstand team think of Spielberg #2?

Jim Kimberley – “2021 will ebb and flow”

A little bit of a role reversal in W Series and F1 as the Red Bull Ring switched its moniker from Styria to Austria. F1 provided the thrills this week, while W Series were well behaved around the short circuit. No complaints from Jamie Chadwick, though, of course.

In Chadwick’s own words, the season will ebb and flow. She’s not wrong as in just 2 races we’ve seen wild swings in the standings. Only one name stayed in the same place in the upper echelons of the table as Sarah Moore impressed again. As such, the capacity crowd at Silverstone will see Brits Chadwick, Moore, and Alice Powell go into the race occupying the top three spots which will be one hell of a homecoming.

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Championship challengers from 2019 still look a threat as Emma Kimilainen demonstrated on Saturday and Beitske Visser on Friday. One slip up from those at the top and these two will need no further invitation to pounce. And perhaps Bruna Tomaselli and Irina Sidorkova could join the party, too, based on their eyecatching performances?

Jacob Phillips – “Uneventful but spiced”

It may not have been the most exciting race, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It’s refreshing to see new names as I acclimatise myself with the W series.

One name, though, that is synonymous with racing fans is Jamie Chadwick, who went full 2019 to put herself back in contention. A lights to flag victory is what many expected from Chadwick last week as the win never looked in doubt.

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The race was fairly uneventful in truth, but it was spiced up with a different podium to a week ago. Consistency is key in single-seaters and many drivers who shone last week suffered this.

One ever-present though is Sarah Moore who I’m thoroughly impressed with. She wasn’t one of my favourites for this year, but a 2nd and a 4th certainly puts her in with a shout. Props to Emma Kimilainen who rounded out the rostrum – a great way to bounce back from last week.

Thiemo Albers-Daly – “A character-building weekend”

Following the outstanding drivers from Alice Powell, Sarah Moore and Fabienne Wohlwend at the Styrian round, there were high hopes for the three of them come Round 2. But technical issues and bad luck thwarted each of them this time around, making for a character-building weekend.

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By the end of the race though, Moore had managed to find some pace and got past Bruna Tomaselli to steal fourth place from her. Powell had to settle for eighth, with Wohlwend in tenth. That’s definitely one way to spice the Drivers’ Championship up, though.

Chadwick took pole position and then dominated the race from start to finish to clinch her first victory of 2021 – and the top of the Drivers’ Standings. It was a perfect drive from the British racer that she’ll surely be looking to repeat next time out at her home race in Silverstone.

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