2021 British Grand Prix: The W Series debrief

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Round 3 of W Series at Silverstone is complete. It was a late start in the year for W Series to begin. Somehow the next race marks the halfway point for the series! The championship lead has changed thrice in three races. With racing coming home for a third of the drivers, here’s what GP Grandstand thought to W Series’ Silverstone debut:

Jim Kimberley – “A heartbreaking afternoon”

A heartbreaking afternoon for Fabienne Wohlwend whose one late-braking moment cost her victory. Elation for the home crowd, and Alice Powell, but Wohlwend should hold her head up high with two podiums in three races. Along with Sarah Moore, she’s one of the drivers who has taken a huge step up in this second season.

Jamie Chadwick has said (and continues to say) that this championship will ebb and flow. Well, she’s not wrong. It ebbed from Powell to Chadwick in Austria and has flowed back to Powell at Silverstone. We may only be three races deep but I think there is no looking past these two for the title.

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There wasn’t a feast of action on track, but I do think the best racing from all of the British Grand Prix weekend’s six(!) race events was in W Series. Beitske Visser grabbed her first points of 2021 after side-by-side racing with Sarah Moore for half the length of the circuit.

Moore might feel disappointed with a P7 finish after coming off worse in that duel, but it made for a minute of action W Series will forever point to when demonstrating how good its racing is.

Thiemo Albers-Daly – “You can’t predict what’s going to happen”

With six British drivers on the W Series grid at Silverstone, it was expected that a least a couple of them would finish in the points. But it was even better than we could have hoped for as all six finished inside the top ten, thus securing a massive haul of points for Team GB.

Abbi Pulling also deserves a special mention here as the British Grand Prix marked her W Series debut. The 18-year-old qualified in an impressive eighth place ahead of her points-scoring finish. Brilliant stuff!

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Academy Driver Irina Sidorkova had an unbelievable Austrian race where she finished second. But at Silverstone, her fortunes were reversed as she suffered from a poor qualifying session.

The Russian rookie was then unable to really recover during the race and had to settle for 15th place by the end of the race. Naturally, this is part of the learning curve for her but it also just goes to show that you can’t predict what’s going to happen in W Series from one round to the next.

Jacob Phillips – “Chadwick and Powell will duel it out”

The third round of W Series saw a battle for the lead that went right down to the final 5 minutes. Alice Powell took victory and extends her lead at the top passing Fabienne Wohlwend.

Jamie Chadwick who had a poor start to the season is in full flow, hot on Powell’s heels. The Championship battle is still super tight with underdog Sarah Moore still in contention.

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I still feel like Chadwick and Powell will duel it out till the end but I’ll sit on the fence for now. W series is really coming into its own since it joined the F1 support calendar and it certainly feels at home on it.

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